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#261641 Quiz Show, Traverse Edinburgh

Posted Backdrifter on 11 April 2013 - 11:21 AM

Next week I'm seeing this show by Rob Drummond of Bullet Catch fame.

An interesting thing - the Traverse is advising people to not read the reviews, except for that by The Herald. The others all seem to be positive judging by pull-quotes and star ratings but they apparently give away key spoilers.

I started this thread largely in case anyone other than me sees the play and comments here - unlikely though - not so much to discuss reviewers and spoilers which has probably been discussed in depth already elsewhere but I just wanted to mention the Traverse's comments as I hadn't seen a theatre do that before.

I've seen plenty of tweets from audience members praising the show but also warning others not to read any reviews before seeing the show.

I'm not much of a reviews reader anyway. I've heard before that Spencer is the most notorious spoiler merchant.

#261356 What Happened To The Regional Forum?

Posted Backdrifter on 09 April 2013 - 09:43 AM

I'm not making this up am I - there used to be a 'Regional' forum on this board didn't there? Where did it go? Was it got rid of, and why? I was absent from the board for some time so maybe something happened during that period.

#260165 Olivier Nominations

Posted Backdrifter on 27 March 2013 - 02:08 PM

View Postpopcultureboy, on 27 March 2013 - 12:48 PM, said:

Someone on the Wicked discussion thread, talking about Louise Dearman, said they hoped "Lou would change things up a bit". Lou? Do me a favour.

Jjjsshhhaaaa (shudders)

#258887 Park Theatre - New North London Venue

Posted Backdrifter on 18 March 2013 - 03:29 PM

Due to open in the Spring and announcing its opening season shortly - though this seems cutting it a bit fine:


#258749 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Backdrifter on 17 March 2013 - 11:47 AM

View Postarmadillo, on 17 March 2013 - 11:09 AM, said:

This didn't happen to me but a  friend said there was a bloke behind her loudly pointing out to his companion  the name and party of each PM in The Audience until it got to Eden who he, apparently couldn't identify even after a whole scene :lol:
That reminds me of an incident that wasn't so much 'bad behaviour' - not sure what the category would be - at a performance of Danton's Death at the NT. When people started being guillotined, which was portrayed quite effectively, the man behind us leaned in to his companion and helpfully stage-whispered: "False heads" by way of explaining the apparent decapitations.

Similarly, at a NT platform talk given by Peter Hall he was discussing directing Shakespeare plays. Near me was a supercillious man with his glum teenage son who was clearly undergoing Shakespeare Induction and was having it in stereo, with Sir Peter's explanations receiving affirmation and back-up from Father. At one point Hall quoted the opening lines of Merchant of Venice to illustrate pentameter. The man, with eyes closed and a fixed smile, nodded his head in time with the lines, then as Hall said "Those are the opening lines of the Merchant of Venice" the man leaned in to his son and said "Yes, that is correct." I'm sure Hall would've been relieved.

Perhaps the above are Slightly Annoying or Plain Silly Behaviour at a Show.

#258731 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Backdrifter on 17 March 2013 - 10:04 AM

Yes, we must all remember to consistently point out the nationality of every single miscreant in this thread, just to be fair. Could we all please revisit our posts and edit as necessary?

Alternatively, we could regard it as extraneous, or something.

#257031 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted Backdrifter on 03 March 2013 - 06:55 PM

I agree it's largely difficult if not impossible to stop a cough but people can do more to muffle them. Sometimes one catches you by surprise and there's nothing you can do about it but on occasions I can't believe the coughing symphony that goes on in auditoriums, all full-on top-volume with no attempt to muffle them at all.

I'm enjoying the coughing debate, which possibly makes it sound like my life is devoid of entertainment, but for some reason it's amusing me. I have images of one of us sat next to or in front of a real-life Bob Fleming.

#257028 James Mcavoy - Macbeth At Trafalgar Studios

Posted Backdrifter on 03 March 2013 - 06:41 PM

Yes, I'm giving up, not bothering with April. The various issues I've had with the single seats system even before this, and their poor customer service, have left me with no desire to book with ATG again. Which I realise cuts out a swathe of potential productions, but I'm not too concerned. I'm seeing progressively fewer ATG type shows anyway.

#254679 James Mcavoy - Macbeth At Trafalgar Studios

Posted Backdrifter on 14 February 2013 - 09:47 AM

View PostLynette, on 13 February 2013 - 04:03 PM, said:

Your comments, Steve, should be sent to every director in the business. Shakespeare would be doing the proverbial turn in his grave. Don't give up on him. Just follow the punters here and make a note of the good stuff.
I disagree except for the 'try more Shakespeare' bit, but not the reference to being guided by people on here. It's unfortunate Steve didn't enjoy this production, we all want to like the stuff we see, but there's nothing in his comments that would or should be of any use to directors. The thing I love about Shakespeare plays is the wide range of interpretations that are applied to them. That not all of them work for all of us is incidental. You choose to believe Shakespeare would be turning in his grave, while I choose to believe he would be pleased at the breadth of treatment his work is still receiving 400 years on, and that we weren't just attempting to recreate the practices of his time.

But yes I'd agree - Steve, see Macbeth again sometime, a different production that will hopefully work better for you. It's a great play.

#247913 Old Vic, Kevin Spacey

Posted Backdrifter on 05 December 2012 - 09:52 PM

Bit of a different tone to this thread compared to the one on the horrible old board after KS started at the Vic, spattered with venom including from one idiot (I can't recall who) who said they so hated what he was doing there, it would be better if he hadn't 'rescued' it and just allowed it to become a strip joint, one of the possible fates mentioned at the time. I even asked this poster to confirm if he really did mean that because KS was putting on stuff the poster didn't like, it should cease to be a theatre, despite the fact other people did like the repertoire. He helpfully confirmed that yes, he did mean that.

I recall the Evening Standard doing a hatchet job on him too. I wrote to KS saying there were plenty of us who liked what he was doing, and got a charming letter back from him shrugging off all the criticism and saying it was normal for many theatrical beginnings to ride out such flack.

I've enjoyed a number of shows there but still think back most fondly to the Autograph Hatch story. Don't know if he still does that, though.

#20168 Stage Door Meetings

Posted Backdrifter on 09 November 2007 - 04:10 PM

Those photos are faked!

Hmmmm... looks like I can't keep up my poo-pooing of this story. Although, from the second link it doesn't look like a 'hatch' to me, more like another doorway. (Can I claw this one back in my favour?!) The story I'd heard at the time made out it was like one of those narrow food hatches in prison, more or less a glorified letterbox, and if you were lucky you might see Spacey's hand signing the autograph, and you'd wander off, sucking thoughtfully on a tooth and wondering if it'd even been him at all. Plus of course you'd have been discombobulated by the loud fairground music - oh hang on, I made that bit up, didn't I.