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to loathe shows that involve audience participation.

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swallowmehole Sun 06-Dec-15 21:02:58

When I watch a show, I want to do that - Watch it.
They are the performers. I'm in the audience.
I don't want to be in the goddamn show.

AIBU in wishing they would leave the audience alone, or at least only pick on the ones in the two front rows (who are fair game)
It seems that most shows now involve some degree of audience participation.

When did this become a thing?

stuckinthemiddlewithpoo Sun 06-Dec-15 21:09:16

YANBU at all

I hate this and will not go and watch shows where people get picked out of the audience

Smoothyloopy Sun 06-Dec-15 21:15:47

YANBU at all

swallowmehole Sun 06-Dec-15 21:25:15

stuckinthemiddle, it's not so easy to pick shows where there isn't any audience participation.
It's become very popular and most shows involve it audience in some way.
I think I will stick to films. grin

I'm not normally a shy person but I find I can't relax at all when there is a slight possibility I might get picked on.
It ruins the whole evening for me.

swallowmehole Sun 06-Dec-15 21:39:29

We are not alone.
Who are these people that enjoy it? [puzzled]

goodnightdarthvader1 Sun 06-Dec-15 21:47:48

They make me cringe.

manicinsomniac Sun 06-Dec-15 23:10:26

YANBU, I hate it.

I also hate performing in them, it's really difficult. There's always that audience that doesn't respond the way the script says they should (or doesn't respond at all!) and it's so unpredicatable. All the improvising wears me out.

I was in panto this week and fell asleep on stage (during a front of tabs scene while I was still on behind the curtain, not while I was actually performing!)

It's also just so loud. On our matinee performance I felt like I couldn't really act at all because I had to shout so loudly to be heard over all the children.

Nightmare. But we have to do it because pantos are what makes the money. Which leads me to believe that lots of people like them!

LineyReborn Sun 06-Dec-15 23:15:06

My DD is the opposite. She has volunteered to be on stage with Miranda and was v funny.

I would prefer to leg it out the back door.

CalmYoBadSelf Sun 06-Dec-15 23:19:33

I hate it! I would not pay to watch the average idiot on stage so why would people devising these shows think it is a good idea?

Similarly, why do the news think I want to see people in the street giving their opinion on news items? I don't! They could be idiots! Just get me an expert and save me from having to rant at the tv

MissHooliesCardigan Mon 07-Dec-15 07:09:24

YANBU. It's simple as far as I'm concerned- I have paid hard earned money for you to entertain me. My role is not to be part of the show. It isn't going to go away though so I think they should have seating areas where you're guaranteed not to get picked on.

RebootYourEngine Mon 07-Dec-15 08:08:20

YANBU i hate it too. I think it spoils the show.

I dont mind a bit of 'he's behind you' at panto but thats about all the involvement that i want. Even at gigs the performers seem to be doing the whole 'who can scream or sing the loudest' more often now. Just sing the songs and let me dance.

KeepOnMoving1 Mon 07-Dec-15 08:21:54

My poor Dh hates this and was practically forced on stage in Las Vegas. I of course had tears rolling down my face watching himgrin

Rollermum Mon 07-Dec-15 08:28:44

YANBU - gives me the horrors. I still break out in a hot sweat the memory of my poor male friend narrowly escaping being forced on stage during a League of Gentleman show. He was clutching me and had a look of pure fear. He was right to be afraid, the hapless man they picked had to do some awful cringey thing with a sausage.

WanderingTrolley1 Mon 07-Dec-15 08:32:39


I was at a show this weekend and ended up in the first couple of rows.

My heart raced every time this entertainer came towards my general direction. Thankfully, I wasn't chosen to participate.

CastaDiva Mon 07-Dec-15 09:27:15

I agree with the 'dragging some poor idiot up on stage and embarrassing him' thing being cringe-inducing, but some immersive stuff by companies like Punchdrunk is spell-binding. Not trad audience participation, but you are walking through a building, moving freely, with the play happening all round you, usually masked so you are less conscious of other audience members as such. When you reconvene with whoever you came with later on - you're encouraged to split up - you find you saw entirely different things.

When I saw Punchdrunk's Masque of the Red Death with DH, I was hauled off and had my face washed in a secret room by an elderly woman afraid of plague, and DH ended up alone at an organ recital given by a scary masked figure in a room I never got to. We both, at different points, ended up inside a wardrobe looking out through a hidden window at two people in bed together. It was one of the most astonishing evenings of theatre I've ever had.

R0nJ0n Mon 07-Dec-15 09:33:29

I don't think it's a new thing. I remember my grandfather telling me about going to see Frankie Howerd live. My grandfather was sitting in the second row and he spent the whole show sweating and sliding down in his seat in the hope that Frankie didn't pick him to become his stooge, which thankfully for my grandad he didn't.

MrsJayy Mon 07-Dec-15 10:08:58

Urm you are in a panto and hate the noise its a panto not national theatre confused

MrsJayy Mon 07-Dec-15 10:10:53

That was for panto poster. I am never picked on for participaion i have a piss off and leave me alone face.

swallowmehole Mon 07-Dec-15 18:31:15

Panto has just the right amount of audience participation. It doesn't involve embarrassing individuals. It's more of a group thing. A case of ''those on the left sing this''
''those on the right sing that''

I can handle that smile

RakeMeHomeCountryToads Mon 07-Dec-15 18:34:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

swallowmehole Mon 07-Dec-15 18:42:42

There are so many people who hate audience participation. shock

We should stick together. In future if we get picked on, we should stand our ground and refuse to take part.
No matter how much they try to embarrass us, stand strong and refuse to budge.
If enough people did it, it would end up wrecking their stupid cheapskate shows.
They would soon learn to only pick on people who are happy to be involved and stop harassing the rest of us.

The majority of theater goers want to be left in peace and be able to relax and enjoy the show.

ovenchips Mon 07-Dec-15 18:46:39

Eek. While I get that the experience of immersive theatre (Punchdrunk) was fantastic for you, the mere description of it turns my bowels to water.

I once turned up late (as a group of young women) to a comedy club performance. They kept the table right at the front for us (it must get allotted to latecomers so you can be used as bait) and the comedian focused on us both singly and as a group for a fair few minutes after. <dies inside at recollection>

SquinkiesRule Mon 07-Dec-15 19:24:14

Thanks for the reminder, I need to book tickets for the Panto for Dd's birthday.
We love it.

MrsJayy Mon 07-Dec-15 19:37:41

You need to all practise your piss off faces it involves a death stare and swallowed a wasp mouth it never fails grin

JapaneseSlipper Mon 07-Dec-15 19:58:40

CastaDiva I saw that production too - was wonderful. The Drowned Man was also great, but Masque was special to me because I had no idea what to expect.

ovenchips it's not scary at all because you're masked, and not generally expected to participate - only watch. You don't have to talk, the performers act as if you are not there. It's wonderful and so, so detailed.

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