Yesterday, we asked Twitter for some things that are commonplace in the theatre industry that the public generally don't know about. The results were enlightening to say the least, so here's nine of our favourite responses.
1. Tipping the dresser
Tipping your dresser.
— Leon Kay (@leonrkay) July 30, 2018
2. All you need is an empty space
We don't rehearse on the set.
— Eleanor Rhode (@elrhode) July 31, 2018
3. Shows are like a swan
Eg. Wardrobe slip a new dress over your head at the split second that you step back to let a fellow actor sprint past in front of you, before lifting up your right leg to have a shoe placed on it, as you grab a prop and hand it to an actor as they lurch onstage.
— Lucy Eaton (@lucyeatonmess) July 31, 2018
4. Stop the clocks
That the half hour call is a actually 35mins.
— MsRHayes (@Bobberty_Bobs) July 30, 2018
5. You're late!
That the running time is often read out after every performance and getting 1 minute off it feels like a big WIN.
— Nick Allen (@nickallentenor) July 30, 2018
6. Understudies, under-prepared
Understudies are usually not rehearsed until after press night!
— Eleanor Crosswell (@EJCrosswell) July 31, 2018
7. They can hear you…
The tannoy usually stay on at the interval.
So…….we can hear you!!!
— s a b r i n a a l o u e c h e (@sabrinaaloueche) July 30, 2018
8. And they can see you…
As an addition to this, we sometimes have monitors for the chorus and chorus master, and obviously it's set to the view of the conductor…my favourite view for this reason… pic.twitter.com/V4yMLeFgDx
— Mel Jingle (@jinglewho) July 30, 2018
That a sitzprobe isn't a gynaecologist's surgical instrument.
— Teresa T (@riverdancefan) July 30, 2018
Sitzprobe: In opera and musical theatre, a sitzprobe (from the German for seated rehearsal) is a rehearsal where the singers sing with the orchestra.