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The Blog of Anya Harker » Blog Archive » Thoughts on Theatre Etiquette

So this is definitely not a post on writing. I have one of those coming up soon, mind — plus a thought for a feature every other month for you guys (if anyone IS reading this thing) if you’re interested. BUT. More on that later.

I want to talk about etiquette in the theatre, be it the cinema or a b’way one.

1. Cell Phones: Sorry? But NO one is so important that they can’t go two and a half hours without actually looking at their phone and texting. Yes, I know there are the exceptions like when you’re a doctor on call or the like. However? I think it’s very unlikely that as a 14 year old you need to constantly be on your phone. Also? The size of your screen means whenever it lights up it’s like a little mini beacon in the dark. And as a little caveat? When they say please silence your phone — they really mean it. I don’t want to hear your ringtone going off in the middle of the show. Not only that, but please do NOT answer your phone and proceed to explain to someone that you’re seeing a show and can you call them back later?

2. Flash Photography: Um. This should be self-explanatory? But theatres are dark places, so when you’re taking pictures in the audience? It’s not only distracting to other audience members — but it can be dangerous to the performers. Furthermore? Taking a picture of yourself because you’re crying over someone’s death in a film and then giggling, then trying to take a few more photos to get one EXACTLY right? Not cool. Especially for the half of the theatre setting behind you.

3. Insert-Name-of-Hot-Character-Here: Y’know. I get it. He’s hot. Even as I’m approaching my 30s (*shudder*) I can still agree that certain characters are hot. Really, I can. And you know, I don’t mind teenage squealing the first time an actor comes on stage. But after squealing the SIXTH time (or the twentieth time. Or even if we only see a FLASH of the actor’s face?) it gets really old. Particularly when the squealing and shouting “He’s so hot!” continues into dialogue.

This public service announcement has been brought to you by one very annoyed girl who saw HUNGER GAMES at a 7pm showing and had to complain to a manager because she missed 80% of the movie Friday night.

This PSA (namely the talking on the phone in the middle of a show bit) is also brought to you by the stupid women behind me at Priscilla Queen of the Desert today who not once, but TWICE did this.

All I ask? No matter what your age, be considerate to people at the theatre. That is all.

2 Responses to “Thoughts on Theatre Etiquette”

  1. Faith says:

    Oh. Yes. You have hit the nail on the head.

    This is one of the reasons I don’t like going to the movies anymore. People have gotten to be so self absorbed. What happened to being considerate? Movies, plays, musicals, and other performances… there is an etiquette that needs to be adhered to.

  2. Dana says:

    GAH!! Comment deleter!! OK – what I SAID was:

    “I don’t mind teenage squealing the first time an actor comes on stage.”

    Oh good, because I can’t stop that first squeal coming out of me.

    I’m sorry your Hunger Games viewing was so terrible, I went at midnight and other than a few loud sobers, I had no complaints. xx

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