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Too shy to ever appear on stage myself, I still hung around theatres like a bad smell when I was younger - lighting and set design were what I was good at.

Backstage we'd attempt to sabotage every production - us lighting geeks would wind up the sound man by putting the remote "pause" button for his reel-to-reel tape machine on his chair, so when he sat down it'd start running, ruining his cues. Actors would do scenes out of order to make our lives hell. It was great and I don't know why I don't still do it.

Tell us your stories of life on the stage.

(, Fri 2 Dec 2005, 11:02)
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Year 9
It was decided we'd do Andorra - an interesting thing about the war...
I don't think much more could have gone wrong...
1) We sold 15 tickets for two nights. thats 8 people the first night and 7 the next. All friends and relations only there through guilt.
2) First night, one of my mates has a nose bleed just before she's about to go on - cue director rushing about acting like she's dying and someone else going on in her place with the script.
3) The one person that HAD to do their line for te scene to make sense didn't come on either time, so we had to ad lib the entire scene outside a pub...five minutes of "Lovely weather..." and a rant about how if you're in a pub you should order a proper drink not water.
4) Someone decided silk would make an excellent blindfold...except it got cut too small to be tyed round our heads, so we had to use it like hoods - but it slips...we spent the entire scene fighting with these things and pretending to be terrified while we were in hysterical laughter...

Oh - and one of the techies was up the on the tower fixing the lights and someone decided to turn the one he was working on on - cue a trip to hospital and a second degree burn on his lower jaw...
(, Fri 2 Dec 2005, 13:36, closed)

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