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fringefan

Member Since 01 Jun 2010
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In Topic: An Intervention

Today, 03:31 AM

I have also been, and remain, very curious, as I've been looking out for this but though Mike Bartlett seems to be high-profile lately (what with Charles III at the Almeida recently opening to rave reviews), I've found his work very mixed (was hugely disappointed by Love, Love, Love, over which everyone else, seemingly without exception, enthused). Whilst Watford isn't far out of London, it is a bit time consuming to fit in a trip there on a day when you're seeing something else in central London.

Perhaps worth noting for anyone else going or planning to:  this play is apparently only 80 mins long, straight through, which would certainly affect my decision; furthermore, for anyone travelling out by train via London, there are major rail engineering works which will close the Euston - Watford line for several days during the first weekend in May.

In Topic: King Charles Iii

14 April 2014 - 01:59 AM

Glad to hear there IS an interval, just in case (though I have booked an aisle seat anyway), as the Almeida has been a frequent offender on the "no interval" front, and having chosen to do the double at the Royal Court on Saturday, I've just endured two "straight through, no interval" productions in a matter of hours, which is more than enough for a while.

In Topic: Bad Behaviour At A Show

14 April 2014 - 01:51 AM

I think this is utterly wrong and another indication of people allowing their obsession with connectivity to override common sense and consideration for others, except that in this case, it's not a source of inconvenience or danger in the way that walking around glued to a device is but of literal cost.  When you buy your theatre ticket you pay to see the performance and to use public areas such as toilets, bars, etc, not for your personal maintenance and accommodation.  What next:  happening upon some staff refreshment facilities and helping yourself, or expecting a bed for the night?  Being able to use gadgetry 24/7 is not a right, but is evidently now seen as such by some.  If your 'phone (etc) needs charging, wait until you have a suitable opportunity and do without it in the meantime - and probably do your fellow audience members a favour, too.

Personal responsibility also covers basics such as charging any device you need not just at your own expense but in your own time - if you're going to need it during the day, plan ahead.  In due course theatres and other public buildings may choose to offer recharging facilities, which would of course be a different matter, akin to being offered free wifi as opposed to piggy-backing on a private but unsecured connection.

In Topic: Donmar, Spring 2014

13 April 2014 - 06:05 PM

Hmm, I begin to think I will be at a definite disadvantage here in not having a smartphone or other plaything!  Can it be long before someone writes a play about such dinosaurs?  We must be an endangered species...

In Topic: Donmar, Spring 2014

13 April 2014 - 02:41 AM

This makes fascinating and tantalising reading - but Lynette, how fortunate, in view of your total change of heart, that you didn't leave at the interval, as I would normally be tempted to do if unimpressed by that point!  Should I find myself thinking of doing so when I see this, I shall try to remember your comment and stick with the whatever-it-is!