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#299989 Time To Support Theatre On Forum!

Posted freckles on 10 April 2014 - 10:20 AM

A forum is designed for an exchange of views.

I'm getting a bit tired of people being slapped down for not praising everything to the heights - whether they are critics, members of forums or people on social media. The ultimate measure of success is surely the production itself, and I see no harm in forum members discussing their views freely. Of course, as with all forums there will always be trolls & extremists, but there are enough heartfelt, genuine contributors on WOS to make it a very useful & interesting resource.

I too feel that I support theatre by buying tickets (and programmes & drinks etc) but if I really didn't rate a production, I don't see any harm in sharing my views. I am interested to hear what others have to say when I'm thinking of booking something and it would be a great loss to me if everybody were unerringly positive and "supportive" at the expense of honest opinion. Of course, I am the first to share when I absolutely love something too.

I know there has been discussion in the media recently about the effect of word-of-mouth and social media on the success, or failure, of a show but think there is a very real danger of social media platforms being hi-jacked by PR bods rather than genuine theatre goers. (Even on these boards, you know who you are!) Many productions use social media as an aspect of their publicity; for some smaller, underfunded shows it is often relied upon as the primary means of promotion. Hence sometimes what one reads online does not truly reflect how the majority of the audience reacted, or how well a show is selling. I've seen at least two fringe productions that were so talked up on twitter that you'd have thought they could have instantly transferred to & filled the Palladium, yet when I saw them, they were seriously lacking. I think the lines between PR and genuine debate are becoming blurred, and feel forum members have a duty to maintain the WOS Forum as a platform for genuine comment & opinion.

So carry on with your observations; I'm going to & I doubt our comments can ever really be blamed for closing a show, the responsibility for that does lie with the production itself.

#299843 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted freckles on 09 April 2014 - 10:15 AM

this thread, like the show, gets more & more surreal!

(I liked the sofas too, but didn't notice they formed an X!)

#298253 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted freckles on 27 March 2014 - 09:55 AM

As I have posted, I had very mixed feelings about this show & tried hard to see positives. It is original writing & has an excellent cast. However most of these reviews surprised me; would it be too cynical to suggest that Syco's extensive & rather controlling relationship with the press may have worked in their favour here...?

#297910 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted freckles on 25 March 2014 - 09:35 AM

My thoughts, for what they're worth.
I thought Act One was a mess. Looked tacky & although there were a few very funny moments, a lot of the gags were lame & it all seemed a bit cluttered. I think you can tell that Harry Hill’s strengths are as a quick fire sketch & gag writer. I thought referring to some X Factor contestants as “mentals” was in poor taste; I understand but another term would be less offensive.  However, I loved all of the leads – with the possible exception of Brenda (Tesco lady) who was just unfunny & had a really tedious song (it wasn’t her, it was the material) and the producer character who was far too caricature camp.
Simon Lipkin & the dog were brilliant, but some of the gags got a bit lost as it’s often a very busy stage, they should do more of the direct-to-audience stuff. Not telegraphing plot points, but the sarky asides. Particularly loved Liam O’Deary; his physicality was spot on (although he needed tighter trousers!) I liked the Hunchback but not his song – and I liked The Wind. Cynthia’s voice is show stopping.
The interval didn’t seem too overly long and Act 2 was a vast improvement. Much slicker, longer scenes & better songs. There were shades of Mormon Turn It Off in “Fabulous” and Spamalot in “Where’s Simon” (if indeed that is what it was called).  The Altarboyz number was funny if a bit prediactable. I liked the dressing room sets & the way they split. The ending was, naturally, very silly but I think Chenice & Max should have been given a bit more attention.
So I would tidy up Act One, give the Hunchback a better song (something low key so the ending still works), re-write Brenda’s role & make Barlow the dog more of a narrator outside the action.
The audience seemed very muted, people were laughing but not as much as others have said.
There’s enough good in there to redeem I Can’t Sing from being the write-off that I feared, but I doubt the press are going to be kind.

#297905 X Factor The Musical To The Palladium

Posted freckles on 25 March 2014 - 09:01 AM

Was there too last night. Or maybe I am Mr B & Mrs LMP's feminine side...?

Gathering my thoughts.

#295727 Urinetown

Posted freckles on 08 March 2014 - 09:18 AM

Very interesting views, but with nothing to compare it to, I loved it & found it completely engaging. I suppose there's more than one way to interpret a show & Jamie Lloyd does seem to like taking his own path. But this one worked for me.

Oh, now I want to see it again AND see another version...

#295548 Urinetown

Posted freckles on 07 March 2014 - 09:50 AM

I was at yesterday's matinee too & absolutely loved it.I don't think you can say it's been "overdone" as it has never been done in the UK...
I knew very little about the show, other than what I've read on here & the knowledge of it's success in NY, wasn't really sure what to expect but I was intrigued. I found it funny, clever, stunning to look at (although I was back row so cursing that bloomin' platform for being just a few inches too high) and brilliantly executed.
It did have echoes of Sweeney Todd, but I adored the meta-musical concept and the intertwining of that silliness with the nastiness & gore. Fantastic cast.
I'm desperate (sorry) to go back and would be interested to see a transfer. Not too big a venue, but that impressive set was ill designed for the space. However all credit to St James for putting on a show of such scale. I overheard an audience member (at it again!) who seemed to be a friend of someone in the cast, saying that there was hardly any dressing room space & everyone was packed into two rooms.

#295163 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted freckles on 05 March 2014 - 09:36 AM

Bless! I love listening in at the interval.

My favourite when I saw it (from a similar gaggle of ladies) was "Oooh, don't take your coat off Joan, it's a bit nippy in here. I feel sorry for that poor girl, I hope she's got a heater backstage!"

#294427 Drunk - Bridewell Theatre

Posted freckles on 26 February 2014 - 03:11 PM

View Posttheatrically, on 17 February 2014 - 11:53 AM, said:

I also really enjoyed it - I went to  the matinee on 8th Feb and there were 11 people in the audience !
I don't think the title does it any favours and they don't even have a Twitter or Facebook page for the show just the producers and they don't update very much anyway .... social media fail

The only reason I know about it is via Twitter! Not much publicity & the Bridewell Theatre website isn't the best. This show deserves better.

#293717 Musicals You Would Love To See Come To The West End?

Posted freckles on 21 February 2014 - 02:59 PM

View Postfreckles, on 31 May 2013 - 03:48 PM, said:

I really enjoyed the concert performance of Little Women last year & would like to see that as a fully fledged show.

Apologies for quoting myself & dredging up a really old thread, but it seems I'm going to get my wish!

Guildford School of Acting are putting on Little Women in March, both in Guildford and at the Union, in rep with Chess.
Union Tickets here
GSA Info here

So, not quite West End, but I'll be going nonetheless.
I saw the GSA production of RENT last year and it was pretty impressive.

#292188 Lost Boy

Posted freckles on 09 February 2014 - 11:07 AM

Me?...I'm working on holding my tongue! ;)

#291100 Ushers - The Front Of House Musical

Posted freckles on 30 January 2014 - 08:08 AM

Transfer just announced to Charing Cross in March; I'd like to see this, having heard good things but late night performances (10.15pm) only - bit annoying.

#290981 Dating A Musical Theatre Lover...

Posted freckles on 29 January 2014 - 12:56 PM


"But you must have seen them all by now."

Ha! I bet we all get that a LOT. I know I do!

#290604 Stephen Ward - The Musical

Posted freckles on 26 January 2014 - 10:22 AM

View PostViserys, on 26 January 2014 - 08:49 AM, said:

Well, I'm an overseas tourist, who finally got to see the show yesterday (and below 50, too!). I honestly don't think it doesn't matter that the Profumo affair is not well-known among the young and foreign. With this reasoning, Evita should only appeal to Argentinian people of a certain age and look how that show did.

Exactly the point I was going to make.

#287955 My Fair Lady Starring David Walliams And Sheridan Smith?!

Posted freckles on 30 December 2013 - 09:58 AM

terrible idea.