Since: May 2012
This doesn't really belong in this discussion, but it is so funny it deserves a mention. Sorry also that it is a theatre story, so screen luvvies, please forgive me.
I was playing the part of the Narrator in Stardome's version of War of the Worlds in 2012 and we sold out our run prior to opening night, which was great.
About halfway through our 6 week stint, there was a young couple in the front row who seemed very tactile (gotta love live theatre!) and on the opening of Act 2, I stood at my lecturn delivering my lines only to notice that the female in the partnership was seemingly 'tripping' on the mix of elaborate laser and life performance unfolding before her. It's quite an intimate venue, if you have never been there before.
Her eyes like saucers and the furious gum chewing gave her away and her boyfriend seemed to be getting in on the enjoyment too. So much so that as I started to deliver a particularly emotionally fraught piece about the red weed, the girl's hand strayed unmistakably under the jacket draped across her boyfriend's midriff and the stroking of the member commenced not 3 metres away from my place on 'stage'.
The boyfriend's eyes now matched the saucer-like state of the stroker and I was left to desperately try and stay in the moment and deliver a faultless dialogue, as was expected on a nightly basis. My eyes were averted most of the time, but were drawn to the 'action' with an undeniable sense of disbelief.
I felt sorry for the man and his young son in the seats' immediately next to the stroker and strokee! I am sure the young boy caught brief glimpses of what was happening, although his father was doing his best to shield his spawn from the developing scene.
I got through somehow and after the show greeted the audience members' (no pun intended) at the door and thanked this particular couple for 'coming' (pun intended) although refrained from shaking her hand for obvious reasons!
I also learnt afterwards that our Stage Manager and several other crew were in prime position around the top of the illuminated 'dome' watching this unfold. They weren't visible to the audience as the upper dome acts like a one way screen.
I haven't done much live theatre, but that night is one that will live long in the memory. Not quite as long as the boyfriend's I'm sure!
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