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#298770 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted EmiCardiff on 30 March 2014 - 02:32 PM

I had an interesting conversation once with a father of a young teen (I think she was 11) when ushering 'Priscilla' after explaining there was an 'age guidance' of 15 plus and apologising that he hadn't been told when booking he gave the most mature parental reaction to something not going to plan I'd encountered as an usher, simply saying "I'd rather she hear and see these things with me in the theatre than somewhere we can't have a conversation about it"

As it turns out she didn't bat an eye at the content or the swearing except to be horrified at the use of the word 'fags' (which is more than I can say to the many adults laughing at it)

#292261 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted hefferlump on 10 February 2014 - 01:05 AM

Ushering last week, I had to tell the same woman to turn her phone off FIVE times in the space of about ten minutes. In the end she was so rude to me for 'trying to ruin her evening' (clearly an evening not spent on facebook is a wasted one) that I had no choice but to get the house manager to speak to her at the interval. She didn't come back for the second half! She was in a top price seat, too. Why would you spend that much money on a ticket for something that you have no interest in paying attention to? She was the worst I've seen in a while but I'm still always surprised how many people find it completely unthinkable to sit down, be quiet and pay attention.

#263421 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Matthew Winn on 27 April 2013 - 05:37 AM

View PostDuncan, on 26 April 2013 - 11:44 PM, said:

How about having something like this printed in luminous glow-in-the-dark lettering?


And leaving it on their battered corpse as a warning to others? I like it.

#252983 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Abby on 28 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

Sometimes when someone is talking or rustling plastic bags close enough to me to be really annoying but too far away for me to be able to ask them to be quiet, I fantasize about having a supply of elastic bands to ping at them....

#238986 How Long Is Will Young Contracted For Cabaret In The West End?

Posted JonnyBoy on 29 September 2012 - 10:43 PM

I have just returned from Cabaret at the Lowry in Salford.  I have seen the production twice before, once in the West End and once on a regional tour.  Tonight's show was the best of the three.  The casting is absolutely spot on.
I am not a Will Young fan and I went to this highly sceptical of the casting.  I think the production itself is superb but it seems to have been reinvented with Will Young as the Emcee.  He's camp, he spits, snarls, gurns, shouts and screams his way through the role (and he sings hauntingly well).  He takes us through the decadence and horror of the time and he gives a revelatory performance that is both funny and immensely sinister.  The show seems to be centred more around the Emcee and this is to its advantage.
Michelle Ryan was a great Sally Bowles - Samantha Barks was too young in my opinion - but Ryan gives a performance that is emotional.  Her voice is good too.
The other casting roles are all excellent.  The elderly couple are too sickly sweet for me in this production but it doesn't harm the production, although the Hawaiian dancers are possibly OTT.
I noticed quite a few changes from the West End production.  Most changes improve the show further.  Oddly though, 'Don't Tell Mama', one of my favourite songs, is now shown from a backstage point of view so we only hear snatches of it.  Tomorrow Belongs To Me was my highlight - I won't spoil how it's done but it's amazingly effective and powerful.  And the final scene is still overwhelming.
The show feels fresher than ever and Will Young is giving the performance of his life.  5/5