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Invincible, Lawrence Batley Theatre

 
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:35 am    Post subject: Invincible, Lawrence Batley Theatre  Reply with quote

You don't get the wham-bam thrills n spills of the cinema at the theatre but for me there is no better visual drama. The live performance adds more than enough tension and action and a great script delivered by committed actors more than makes up for the static props and settings.
The trouble is, here at the Lawrence Batley Theatre you get the occasional ten bob snob descending on the town from the villages with their Daily Mail addled bigotry. There was a scene in the play where the lead mockingly portrayed her partners mother as an opinionated dismissive arse and quoted her thus. "One can only get a decent education going private" she mimicked. "Here Here" came the response from behind me..... Thankfully the vast majority of Theatre goers are decent rounded people. There just isn't enough of them and the "industry" needs to do more to get them in

On with play. A middle class "socialist" couple with tragedy in their near past move up North for economic reasons and to be amongst "real people". They don't come any more real than their new neighbours. Her all tits and make up, him with his Carling Beer belly and England shirt. They too have a past and a present that eventually clashes with the views of their posh new neighbours.

A culture, personality  and a class clash that rocked from comedy to sadness to satire with realism and credibility. Nicely observed characters we all know and situations we all get. Swept neatly across the political landscape of our time and more importantly produced some good laughs. A great night at the theatre
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Invincible, Lawrence Batley Theatre Reply with quote

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You don't get the wham-bam thrills n spills of the cinema at the theatre but for me there is no better visual drama. The live performance adds more than enough tension and action and a great script delivered by committed actors more than makes up for the static props and settings.
The trouble is, here at the Lawrence Batley Theatre you get the occasional ten bob snob descending on the town from the villages with their Daily Mail addled bigotry. There was a scene in the play where the lead mockingly portrayed her partners mother as an opinionated dismissive arse and quoted her thus. "One can only get a decent education going private" she mimicked. "Here Here" came the response from behind me..... Thankfully the vast majority of Theatre goers are decent rounded people. There just isn't enough of them and the "industry" needs to do more to get them in

On with play. A middle class "socialist" couple with tragedy in their near past move up North for economic reasons and to be amongst "real people". They don't come any more real than their new neighbours. Her all tits and make up, him with his Carling Beer belly and England shirt. They too have a past and a present that eventually clashes with the views of their posh new neighbours.

A culture, personality  and a class clash that rocked from comedy to sadness to satire with realism and credibility. Nicely observed characters we all know and situations we all get. Swept neatly across the political landscape of our time and more importantly produced some good laughs. A great night at the theatre


If the snob had been that well educated you think they would have known to shut the fuck up during a play. I'd have been fuming if I had been there.

Re The theatre industry doing more to get people in. I can't think what else they can do. Accessible clean theatres, reasonably priced tickets, always good value, and more education about theatre and drama in schools than there ever has been. These four goals have all been achieved as far as I can see. Especially in the last twenty years or so that I have gone to the theatre.

You raise a good point though, even with all these things in place people still choose not to go to the theatre?????? It's a good question, and one that Reg can hopefully crack the answer to.

I've also read recently that there is a shortage of actors in Britain. One thing I have noticed a lot with TV is that the pool of actors used seems to have conveniently shrunk for that clique of those Eddie Redmayne/Dominic Cabbagepatch/ Daniel Radcliffe types who seem to be in fucking everything that has a big budget or is noteworthy. The thing with theatre that I love is that you can see an actor/actress who you've never heard of before and they can blow you away with their talent and are a fucksight better than most of the bellends on the telly.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going purely on our own Lawrence Batley Theatre here which I'm guessing is much like lots of provincial small theatres. It's a lovely place run by great staff, including volunteers. They have a varied and active program of quality events and in short does everything right except market itself. They just don't reach people outside its cozy white middle class liberal set. They should promote themselves say in the football-rugby programs. Get out and about into the schools-technical college and university and advertise in the Examiner. I don't see this problem with the West Yorks Playhouse in Leeds. Maybe it's because it's in a big city and pure demographic population enables a larger cross section of society to get there.

The other problem about demographic catchment for people to get into theatre and the arts is a separate issue entirely and one that is pure political that captures everything about today's society and in particular this government. Although to be fair it's been slowly evolving for a long time now. Social engineering I'm talking about and the gradual exclusion of working classes from the mainstream fabric of society. More and more we are creating an isolated underclass purely there for minimum wage labour resource. This demographic is been demonised, ostracised and is now almost completely alienated from what you'd call a traditional British Arts culture. Yep this class will always find their own creativity but more and more its been shoved into the darkest corners of the nations Art and consequently more and more of people will show very little interest in participating in it. Throw into the mix the criminal underfunding in education that inevitably excludes all art from the curriculum especially in poorer schools and all other local Arts funding in communities and you have a complete no go zone for anyone other than the Daniel Radcliffes of this world.

Alternatively you might say a lot of people dot want to get into theatre because it's a bit shit. Not me though
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had a look at the LBT site, will definitely be buying tickets for a couple of things in the next couple of months.

Not a fan of Lee Nelson but have a look at his reviews, made me chuckle.

http://www.thelbt.org/Lee-Nelson


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