Just where was the audience at last week’s Tristan Bates Midnight Matinee? In 2009 it was one of Time Out’s picks of the year garnished with incredibly positive audience feedback. But there’s no denying that it was both disappointingly flat on Saturday and woefully under attended. I had experienced a similar feeling at the last one. Was my experience a freak incident or proof that this initially arresting idea may be losing its attraction through the very gimmicks that it once sold itself on so proudly?
We all know the big un’s to watch out for in the first few months of 2010; Red, currently running at the Donmar Warehouse, the West End transfers of Enron and Jerusalem, Peter Brook at The Barbican which also houses the eclectic Bite Season for 2010 and work by the legendary Pina Bausch, Trilogy at The BAC and of course the London International Mime Festival.
But what about the smaller venues – not just the BAC’s or The Riverside Studios’ who consistently punch above their weight, but the truly off-piste theatres – The Blue Elephant Theatre, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern and The Cock Tavern to name but a few. Unlike the big theatres these small houses can only programme up to 3-6 months so no need to book miles in advance – these are things you can see in the very near future so check your pre-planned nature at the door and get a little trigger happy.
So the observant (and faithful!) of you will have noticed that I have been absent from this blog for the last 2 months. I won’t make excuses, but this has been due to a massive bout of upheaval and hopefully the last move I’m going to have to make for a long time.
Now that I’ve come out the other side, and into a very sexy face lift for this tired old blog, I took some inspiration from Carrie Bradshaw and it all ‘got me to thinking’ – is change destructive or just a necessary part of life?