Theatre-Bloggers Fury at Theatre-Goers Fury

Happy Tuesday guys!

This somewhat brilliant article from the Sunderland Echo made me chuckle this afternoon so I decided to share my thoughts and responses with you all!

A little background: A woman and a few members of her family went to see Motown the Musical at her local theatre, the Sunderland Empire.

The group ignored the signs around the theatre (I’ve seen the tour, I know they put the signs up), and the pre-show announcement asking for people to hush their gums till the finale, and decided to go full Diana Ross and sing-a-long. They were asked to basically not, so left the theatre and went straight to the papers.

To read the full article click here.

Anybody who knows me will know how much of a snob I am when it comes to theatre etiquette. This article has made me simultaneously laugh out loud and eye roll as hard as I could. Obviously I’m completely on the side of the theatre and their staff so I couldn’t resist pulling this article apart.

Let’s begin dissecting shall we?

I mean … firstly they weren’t “concert goers”. It wasn’t a concert. It was a musical. They were audience members.

You know what happens when you ASS-u-me … but seriously though, look into the nature of the show before booking! A karaoke evening would be a whole lot cheaper.

Disturbing audience members around you once again …

Sounds like a fair request to me. And I’m sure they asked nicely.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen a “bouncer” walking around an auditorium during a show. Maybe that’s just me ….

To quote my main girl Glinda, “Thank Goodness!”

But they don’t want you distracting them or the other audience members either. They’re the ones being paid to sing remember!

Yeah, and everybody around you paid the same. They paid to actually hear the actors sing. Not a Supremes wanna be.

I bet people we’re thinking it though …

Vicki Medhurst you are my queen.

Reading this article I honestly wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. It all feels so fundamentally ridiculous that I just had to share!

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Quotes from the Sunderland Echo.

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