Posts Under ‘Large Theatre’ Category

Is audience participation killing theatre?

Theatre is defined by many unwritten rules.  When you first go to the theatre, these rules are unclear, on etiquette, what to wear, how to react to the performance.  On the few occasions I’ve been to a classical music concert I have struggled to understand when to clap; why is it encouraged after a big… Continue Reading →

What if I Told You

Pauline Mayers brings theatre/dance piece What if I Told You? (directed by Chris Goode) to the Royal Exchange Studio.  The performance weaves together interconnected strands to investigate prejudice based on skin colour.  Theatre and dance combine in a thought-provoking yet playful exploration of life, racism and how slavery informed modern medical practices. There are five… Continue Reading →

How far should audience interaction go (or I hate dancing in public)?

In the light of Operation Black Antler from Blast Theory/Hydrocracker I’ve had a nagging thought.  What responsibility does a theatre company have to its audience in terms of the extent to which they need to interact? In live performance, some activities are optional and to some extent there are rules.  You don’t sit on the… Continue Reading →

Operation Black Antler

There was a moment in Operation Black Antler (from Blast Theory/Hydrocracker and HOME) where I and one of my undercover team finally get an introduction to one of the key people in the operation we are trying to infiltrate.  It’s been hard work persuading our contact to believe that we are sufficiently committed to their… Continue Reading →

Persuasion (with dancing)

Anne lies face down on top of two massive blue rectangular slabs separated by a thin yellow strip of light. Around the edge sits a circle of  speakers, professional lighting, trailing wires – a club, a gig, a theatre performance? Actors emerge from the audience. Towards the end of the first half, Frank Ocean’s Super… Continue Reading →