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Woman removed from Bananaman for throwing bananas

Southwark Playhouse punters had an unusual experience last night

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It sounds like it all went a bit bananas over at Southwark Playhouse last night when a woman was ejected from the theatre for throwing fruit during the show.

During the first half of a of Bananaman the Musical (based on the cult comic book character) a woman, reportedly inebriated, began throwing the yellow fruit at the cast onstage. After being asked to stop by the staff at the theatre, the women persevered, to such an extent that the show had to be halted and the woman had to be removed.

Jodie Jacobs, who plays Bananaman's sidekick Crow, said that the woman was 'bungalowed' before engaging in a projectile fruit offensive.

The staff at Southwark Playhouse were clearly a level-headed bunch, being commended on Twitter for their professionalism during what must have been a surreal experience.

TJ Lloyd, who plays Chief O'Reilly in the show, said that if the perpetrator had come in during rehearsals to prep, 'she could have had a cameo'. Many audience members took to social media to voice their outrage.

The new British musical is created by Leon Parris and based on both the 1980 Beano comic and the TV cartoon which ran between 1983 and 1986. It is directed by Mark Perry and stars Matthew McKenna as the titular potassium-fuelled superhero.

Interestingly, the producers from Beano were actually in the audience during that evening's production to witness the anarchy.

— Crowdie Jacobs (@Show_Jo) January 11, 2018

— Houston (@Aiden_Houston_) January 10, 2018

— Chloe (@chloemariasnow) January 11, 2018

— TJ Lloyd (@TJLloyd11) January 11, 2018

— Emma Ralston (@Emmaralstonuk) January 11, 2018

— Alex David Vass (@alexdvass) January 10, 2018

— Emma Scott (@ememscott) January 10, 2018

— Chris McGuigan (@chrismcguigs) January 9, 2018

Time wasn't the only thing flying at Bananaman last night.

Bananaman runs at Southwark Playhouse until 20 January.