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#272692 Mishaps You've Seen

Posted Matthew Winn on 18 July 2013 - 01:54 PM

I've seen many, many, many mishaps, from the stuck bridge at the start of Fame with the crew frantically trying to free it up and get it into place before anyone actually needed it (they succeeded, just) to the time in Chicago when John Barrowman whacked me in the nads with his cane. But one of my favourite stories is from a show where I was in the crew, and it's the story of the confetti cannon.

Fortunately for everyone it happened during a rehearsal. We never did find out for certain exactly what went wrong, but I strongly suspect the problem was that the supplier worked in metres and the stage manager worked exclusively in feet and measured the theatre accordingly. What we do know is that what was supposed to be a gentle shower of confetti over the cast became a paper projectile of doom. I was in the theatre kitchen/prop-store at the time, and when I'd recovered from the explosion I ran on stage to find everyone stunned into immobility. Those nearest the cannon were pebble-dashed with coloured paper. Part of the cardboard disc that had supported the confetti above the pyro was recovered from the middle of the stalls; the rest had been destroyed. And for many months afterwards anyone standing on the stage could look up and see occasional bits of confetti twinkling in the lights as they freed themselves from the girders and ducts in which they'd been wedged.

We decided not to use the confetti cannon again.

#254069 The Book Of Mormon

Posted paplazaroo on 08 February 2013 - 11:04 AM

Just realised this, they've given the first hundred or so 'priority boarding' but people here since 10 get that. Balls!

#253063 The Book Of Mormon

Posted FireFingers on 29 January 2013 - 12:52 AM

Signage has gone up outside the Prince of Wales.


#245496 Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Ticket Prices?

Posted Laughingmonsta on 15 November 2012 - 01:28 PM

There will be three teams minimum - no child can perform more than two shows on one day or two shows on consecutive days - so they will split between three teams which will help with anything such as illness cover etc!

#237541 Tommy

Posted harveyjnr on 19 September 2012 - 01:40 PM

have they already got the cast or are they auditioning!?

#236947 Hedda Gabler - Old Vic

Posted Melody2 on 13 September 2012 - 10:24 PM

Well said Mallardo,I totally agree with you. The Telegraph's Charles Spencer has got it absolutely right, as he praises this production, and in particular, Sheridan Smith. Parsley's entitled to his own apparently biased opinion, but it's not really credible, as it was formed after only watching the first half! Maybe he should go again to see what he missed! There are so many more excellent reviews appearing, written by experienced, well-respected theatre critics, who have 'seen it all'. They certainly know what they're talking about. ( The Stage, Time Out, London Evening Standard, The Times - 5 star!)