QUOTE(coated peanuts @ Mar 11 2007, 06:13 PM)
Are you telling me the safety of the south east depends on the availability of one person? What happens when you are sick? Either way, it wouldn't be impossible introduce a scheme for people on call which would involve having your page forwarded to a landline in the theatre. Since you might have to leave at any given second, I assume you sit in aisle seats at the back of the auditorium anyway, so it wouldn't be difficult for a member of staff to alert you.
There is of course a slightly less complicated solution: Have a day per week where signals are not blocked within theatres so all people who need to be available 24/7 have the opportunity to see a play without disturbing other theatre-goers.
No I'm not saying it depends on me at all - just that I need to have my pager on and within signal range wherever possible. It is one thing to pass my responsibilities onto someone for a week or so a year due to holidays etc, but it would be a totally different thing to have to pass the pager on to someone else / redirect calls 2-3 times a week when I'm out at the theatre.
Realistically, I'm not very likely at all to actually get a call on it - it's a fairly rare occurance, so it would be stupid to have to re-arrange my life (including theatre trips) due to it. In 50-odd shows seen, I have only once been paged while at one. The whole point of the pager system is that it is small and discreet for the people carrying them. I don't sit in specific seats or anything like then when I see a show. Plus I think it would a lot more of a "kerfuffle" for a member of staff to have to come and find me, explain the problem, and for me to leave an auditorium, than for me to receive a pager message (1 second vibrate setting, so no noise there) and leave.
The issue isn't that signals should be blocked, more that people should be responsible & trustworthy enough not to disturb the people around them! Rather than affect the great majority of 'innocent' audience members, why not just warn/eject the minority - the people who insist on making/receiving calls, talking all through a performance, kneeing people in the back, kicking chairs, arriving late, going to the toilet every 5 mins....
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