Archive for the 'smoking' Category

In which theatre turns out to have some use. Oh, and the Olivier Awards have happened.

Monday 10 March 2008

The Whingers respectfully draw your attention to this article in The Guardian about Minnesota:

More than 100 bars across the state have started holding “theatre nights” in which patrons are encouraged to dress up in period costume and project their voices, playbills are pinned on the walls, and bar paraphernalia makes up the props.

The bars are seeking to bypass a smoking ban introduced last October by exploiting a loophole that allows cigarettes to be puffed in theatrical productions.

What began as an idea by a Minnesota lawyer, Mark Benjamin, to get round what he saw as an unjustified prohibition has snowballed into a state-wide protest. Bars have taken to calling their theatre nights “Before the Ban”, which allows them to claim that their customers are in character playing themselves before the October injunction came down.

Fantastic.

One the subject of the Olivier Awards…

The Whingers have nothing to say. They are naturally delighted for Leanne (right) and Michael and Tracie et al but this is a vacuous, self-congratulatory, irrelevant, arbitrary set of awards that the Whingers refuse to recognise, let alone condone.

Until such time as they receive an invitation to the ceremony.

Smoking on stage: a handy guide for touring productions

Sunday 27 May 2007

The smell of the smoke is absolutely disgusting and makes the Whingers retch; the stink stays in their hair and on their clothes for days afterwards. Yes, you know what we are talking about: the use of HERBAL cigarettes on stage.

Many unpleasant evenings at the theatre have been made even more miserable thanks to this unintentionally Brechtian device which explodes all suspension of disbelief by planting in the audience’s mind only one thought: that the characters are smoking herbal cigarettes even though no-one actually smokes the things in real life. Read the rest of this entry »