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#299287 Memphis

Posted EmiCardiff on 04 April 2014 - 09:29 AM

Killian's casting is enough to take me from 'curious to see it again but no rush' to 'need to book tickets now' really liked him in everything I've seen so far and think he's a great fit for Huey.

#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)

#298452 A Streetcar Named Desire

Posted EmiCardiff on 28 March 2014 - 02:25 PM

Personally I'd rather big names did smaller/subsidized theatres for short runs than pitch up in huge theatres at high prices for a longer time. There's an argument for both sides but I think of the NT and Donmar being more accessible due to their day ticket and/or sponsorship meaning more tickets are affordable. (and student policies for those it applies to) do you have to be a bit of a ticket ninja to get tickets? sometimes, but being quick off the mark or savvy with day seating is preferable to being priced out of theatre I think ...

#297519 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted EmiCardiff on 21 March 2014 - 10:09 AM

Exactly, sharing on here after the event isn't like say "ohmyGod One Direction are in McDonalds RIGHT NOW"


What I mean is it's different to a general celebrity spot on that we're also looking at who is watching who in what.

Talking of Dervla Kirwan, I had the bonus of sitting near her gorgeous husband Rupert Penry Jones when I went to see her in  'Uncle Vanya' in Chichester. That made my afternoon ;)

#297177 Famous People You've Seen In The Audience

Posted EmiCardiff on 18 March 2014 - 04:45 PM

Maybe Alan Rickman is actually stalking all of us?

#295883 Unexpected Moments!

Posted EmiCardiff on 09 March 2014 - 04:35 PM

Talking of Mr Kinner's Othello (a couple of pages back) the night I saw it the tap on the sink in the toilets broke, Rory valiantly tried to fix it back on/stop the water spurting out. Failed miserably and got some very wet trousers for his trouble. Bit of tap in hand he turned to the audience and said 'Knew I should have taken that plumbing course' before continuing with the scene. (and doing another three scenes looking like Iago had a bit of an accident)

#295751 1984 At The Almeida

Posted EmiCardiff on 08 March 2014 - 12:49 PM

I saw this on tour and it divided most of the audience into total love or hate. I loved the structure of the story and thought it worked really well for a stage re-telling. Interestingly in one of the post show talks the cast revealed that about 90% of what seems to be 'additions' or 'alterations' were actually found in Orwell's notes/postscript (it's been years since I read it so can't corroborate that!)

I did have a strange thing happen to me watching it (I was still working as an usher then) and the final time I saw it I had the most extreme reaction to the content (which I won't spoil here but suffice to say fairly graphic) I was shaking for a good 20 minutes after. And I'm not normally one to be 'affected' that strongly by such things.  Probably because a) I knew what was coming and B) I'd seen it something like 5 nights in a row. But still a very strange reaction.

#294325 Why Is Webber Crucified Whilst Sondheim Revered?

Posted EmiCardiff on 25 February 2014 - 07:36 PM

The 'Sondheim fans look down on ALW fans' is much like the 'Straight theatre fans look down on MT fans' arguement. True to an extent, but really the exception rather than the rule. As a muscial theatre lover, and someone who has made it an academic pursuit I've had people look down on me for my choices. Likewise, is there snobbery among MT fans against ALW, yes. Is it all pervasive? no.

Personally I adore Sondheim, but appreciate he's not everyone's cup of tea. I love some of ALW's work and really dislike others. Personally, for me Cats is a slow torture, but I grew up listening to Phantom and Joseph and I love both of those. Some of his lesser known works also I think are clever and beautifully composed (Tell me on a Sunday and The Beautiful Game particularly)

It's a matter of personal taste, across musical theatre. Personally Book of Mormon is not my taste, but I appreciate that it is cleverly written and well written. I think a lot of people would do well to acknowledge that ALW does have a talent, it is of a different kind and direction to Sondheim. In actuality both are very unique composers.

As for the TV show debate, well it's kind of moot as they've died a death. Did it do the world of theatre any real harm? not really. For once instead of ex-X Factor we had ex-Lloyd Webber show people. And I think overall they found some talented people-Sam Barks, Daniel Boys, Sophie Evans to name a few who didn't even win (or did Sam Barks..I forget!)

#294285 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted EmiCardiff on 25 February 2014 - 03:53 PM

I think in defense of ushers (though I in my time have been a fairly militant one!) it's always a line between what will cause the most disturbance, if attempting to confront an audience member (say they are sat dead centre of a block) will cause more disturbance than what it will counter then it's best not to. That said if people are persistent in it, certainly they should be talked to at the interval. Also in a big house, with few ushers (budget cuts and all) sometimes ushers genuinely don't notice until told and ff an audience member tells an usher that people around them are causing a disturbance then they pretty much have to talk to them.

That said there's also the line between telling an audience member to be quiet for the 15th time and getting punched in the face. And I'm not joking there.

#291351 Coriolanus

Posted EmiCardiff on 01 February 2014 - 11:33 AM

Agree about the production being brilliant, particularly in solution to what is a mix of 'big' moments (battle scenes, the big public scenes) and much 'smaller' or 'intimate' scenes.

I've seen it (ahem) 3 times now. (including the NT live broadcast) the first time I was really underwhelmed by Hiddleston, but impressed with the production and the virtually flawless rest of the company. The second time, whether I was in a better mood or whether he was just better I was more impressed with Hiddleston, however he still doesn't wow me. I don't think it's a problem with his acting ability more a combination of this not being "his" part or that the amount of hype surrounding him that skewed my expectations (I have several friends who are somewhat devoted fangirls)

Personally my highlight was Gatiss, as a big fan of his I was nervous to see how he'd fare in Shakespeare (I think I'm right it's his first professional Shakespeare) but he really wowed me, and I'm not one to be wowed just because I like an actor in fact I'm generally more critical! His and Findlay's performances made this production for me.

I do agree with the comment about Hiddleston in particular performing for the cameras on the broadcast-first time I've noticed actors doing so in an NT live too. Shame.

#291218 Dating A Musical Theatre Lover...

Posted EmiCardiff on 31 January 2014 - 09:16 AM

Yes exactly! I can't remember the last holiday I had that wasn't centred around theatre actually. Usually I take my Mother (so cool I know) or a couple of female friends who do share my interest, or go alone. Luckily my non theatre friends are used to this "odd" behaviour now and just ask "what are you going to see" and listen patiently while I describe some obscure musical above a London pub or adventures off-off Broadway.

Anecdotal I knew a date was going nowhere when he proceeded to tell me everything that was wrong with a variety of theatre productions I'd loved ;)

#290995 Dating A Musical Theatre Lover...

Posted EmiCardiff on 29 January 2014 - 02:52 PM

Oh I think the meet up was more a suggestion that us WOS-ers could finally know and recognise each other (and apparently for Mallardro to prove he's a man-he is I've met him ;) )

I now have visions of a musical version of those 'Match.com' nights that seem to be advertised on tv a lot lately...

#290947 Dating A Musical Theatre Lover...

Posted EmiCardiff on 29 January 2014 - 09:22 AM

As a twenty something female it's not just a male problem! Tell most twenty something guys you're into musical theatre and you get a roll of eyes and an expectation that means you want to see 'Dirty Dancing' every time it tours.

Even among my 'theatre' friends it's derided as the 'lesser' art form or that your taste is somehow lacking.

We really need to meet up and sort out who is who ;)

#289362 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted EmiCardiff on 13 January 2014 - 02:06 PM

It is indeed!

The accessibility of recordings is an issue, even when they exist. The NT are very accessible as an archive and working on being more so however it means being in London to view the recordings and in very small numbers. And again it is complex getting the distribution rights with so many involved which is why for example, despite being so popular and lets face it an excellent money spinner, the NT's Frankenstein isn't available to buy as those involved wouldn't agree.

While as an academic and a creative person I see the argument for preserving the live experience and the rights of those involved to have control over distrubtion, I am also an academic, a teacher and a theatre lover and I'd personally like to see recordings more readily available, which would curb some of the illegal recording....

Oh dear this has become an academic debate about recording now, sorry, back to your badly behaved audiences. I made the mistake of going to the cinema yesterday and was reminded that by comparison most theatre audiences are angelic.

#288236 Bad Behaviour At A Show

Posted EmiCardiff on 02 January 2014 - 03:05 PM

I did adore that moment in Sherlock :) (although Mark managed a sneaky tweet mid-performance himself!)