The Royal Court offers an olive branch to the whingers

Monday 30 April 2007

Following the acrimonious and much talked-about falling out between the Royal Court and the West End Whingers, Andrew was somewhat surprised to see what looked like an attempt at reconciliation in his Facebook inbox the other day.

For those of you who don’t know, Facebook is a sort of MySpace for grown-ups. You set up a personal profile and then link to the profiles of all (or in Andrew’s case, both) of your friends.

So, imagine Andrew’s surprise at receiving this missive:

Royal says, “Hello, The Royal Court Theatre is looking for friendship! Become a friend of the Royal Court Theatre and join the group to receive special offers and backstage information. Become a member today and receive tickets for My Child for only £10!”

Yes, that’s our idea of friendship, too – give us money. But we are actually quite tempted to cough up in order to find out what the “backstage information” might be (“Backstage is the name given to the space behind the stage”?).

HampsteadStrangely enough, in the same week Andrew also received a friendship request from the Hampstead Theatre although this was slightly less needy (“Would you like to confirm Hampstead as your friend?”) and was accompanied by its avatar (right) which asserts that “theatre is not about escapsim” which goes to show just how good a friend of Andrew’s it isn’t.

There was also a request to join a Bush Theatre Group. Don’t know what that is, but it sounds like altogether the wrong kind of Internet porn.

One Response to “The Royal Court offers an olive branch to the whingers”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    Ah, 21st-century theatre marketing. I believe the Royal Court also has a MySpace page (not sure about the Bush and Hampstead, but I wouldn’t be surprised). My friend, who was a member of last year’s Young Writer’s Programme was friended by them. The theatre company I intern for have recently created a MySpace page as well. Not sure how much it’s really helping ticket sales, or donorship, for that matter.

    Doesn’t it negate the whole concept of theatre, in a way? Well, that may be because I think services like MySpace are vicious cults that are dismantling humanity, but that’s another story for another time.

    Thanks for your always insightful and amusing posts.

    Yours faithfully,
    Elizabeth


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