Headmistress stood up at start of play and asked that young children be brought outside if they became disruptive to the children on stage. She also said no videoing or photographing during the performance. A school video would be made and sold for £2 which would go towards play equipment, and parents could take a group photograph at the end of the play.
We still had toddlers running around and making noise, parents standing up and blocking people's views while they took photographs, not to mention the mother who answered her phone during the play.
Yes, I know it's not the RSC, but why can a bunch of adults not do as they're asked for 20-30 minutes?
I was having a grumble the other day about the same things OP. YANBU.
From the same old cliques getting there waaaaay in advance, getting the prime positions and saving seats for all their buddies, to having to watch the majority of the play through someone else’s phone screen, to having to sit next to a bored and pissed off 2 year old that could’ve been left at home or put in the staffed crèche the school lay on, it wasn’t the best experience.
We had this ... but we also had guard dog teachers patrolling and asking parents to sit down, stop recording and suggesting they take Tarquin outside. Even knowing the SLT are going to be policing it, people still do it.
In a local Library baby rhyme time on Monday, poor librarian had to stop the session twice to ask parents to stop chattering / having phones out. Even then they carried on nattering. It's like that every week. I wouldn't be surprised if they stop doing the class, the parents have no respect for the lady trying to help them engage with their babies. It's a lovely free session for the little ones, Ruined by inconsiderates.
YANBU, but...DD1 was Mary in her nursery nativity. Much fun the other day looking back at an old video we'd taken nearly ten years ago (the school didn't film it and there were no rules about filming/taking photos then).
Did you challenge the people who were filming/taking photos?
We had similar at my dd's school show - someone was sitting near me taking photos when the Head had asked parents not to. I told him to stop. I had to ask a few times but he did stop eventually and had the grace to look a bit embarrassed.
YANBU. So inconsiderate and selfish. Am still nursing a grudge towards the woman who stuck her arm in front of my face so she could film her dc during ds2's first nativity, thus obscuring my view. He's 14 now
I bet half these films never get watched again. I recently got some old video tape transferred onto DVD from when my dds were small. The bits they love watching the most are not the 'formal' events - school shows, even birthday parties etc.....but just the casual ones taken of them pottering around at home. It captures their personalities much better.
I got a couple of lovely videos and pics. I snuck up the side and didn’t block anyone’s view. My DH couldn’t be there, or my mum and sister who live 4+ hours away. They loved seeing the little video of her part. But the whole thing was quite relaxed. Yes there were little brothers and sisters dancing in the aisles and copying the movements. Meh, it’s a nursery nativity play. With little kids. And an audience filled with little kids. And many loved ones not able to be there for various reasons.