I don’t go to the theatre nearly enough.
There’s a very highly regarded one here in Dundee, so I really don’t have any excuse, either!
Like most people, I studied plays at school. Not just Shakespeare, either — Arthur Miller, Bertolt Brecht, Tennessee Williams. Then later, at university, there were plenty of others.
Typically we sat down to read them in a classroom setting — or on our own — rather than watching a performance (or, heaven forbid, performing them ourselves!)
It’s something I enjoyed, for the most part, but I can’t seem to find the enthusiasm for the theatre.
Perhaps it’s the fact that it seems to be the hallmark of a classy evening. It’s much less hassle for folks to go to the pub or the cinema!
This week, however, I finally managed it . . . after a fashion.
The play . . . wouldn’t be appreciated by “Friend” readers
Our local cinema (alongside a good number around the country) was broadcasting a performance live from the National Theatre in London.
The play was not one that would be appreciated by “Friend” readers, but I loved it nonetheless.
And, more importantly, I don’t think that the setting took anything away from the experience.
The idea of broadcasting live drama is a sound one — particularly for those towns with few theatres and plenty of cinemas.
Maybe that can be addressed by approaching the problem a little differently.
Maybe encouraging young people to see performances at a cinema, where the tickets will be cheaper and the surroundings a little less daunting, will awaken their enthusiasm?
Once productions with big-name actors like Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant have them hooked, surely they’ll head straight out to pick up a programme for their local theatre?
I know I will.
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