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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 12, 2008 @ 11:40 am

    Audience participants, applaud yourselves.

    Fiona McCann

    Anyone miss being a passive theatre-goer? Are they over, then, the days of sitting back and letting the entertainment come to you, with the only participation required a few flutterings of applause and the occasional titter?

    Perhaps not over, but certainly on hold for the duration of the Fringe, taking as it does the whole concept of audience participation to new levels. Amy G encourages her audience to, in the parlance of those across the Atlantic, ”make out”, Exposure audiences have to take their own pictures, while those attending Etiquette (which, might I add, is a delightful way to spend a half hour) are the sole actors in the entire performance.

    So what, now we’re shelling out to watch ourselves perform? Or is this best the way to maximise enjoyment for an audience bored with numb bums on seats?

    • James says:

      There was a guy on the radio last night talking about the Paranoid show, that sounds like the most interesting of these kinda shows (although it sounded a bit f**ked up)

    • Fiona says:

      Gah! Really? I’m going on Sunday – should I be afraid?

    • katy says:

      Some of these actor-driven spontaneous-style theatre companies have spent so much time in acting classes/rehearsal/b-s sessions that they’ve lost the plot. Literally. Who needs a plot when you can get the audience to embarrass themselves? It’s reality TV translated to reality theatre in the name of ART. If they really want to go with this trend, the festival people should offer us non-acting theatre goers a series of pre-festival acting workshops so that we can learn to be properly uninhibited by the time next year’s festival swings around. Either that, or stop these participatory shows. Personally, I had enough of acting like a tree in kindergarten.

    • James says:

      Fiona, re: above, what was Paranoid like?

    • Fiona says:

      James: Just posted my newspaper review on that above. . . Good and bad, I guess.


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