Wednesday 11 February 2004 2.05pm
I was thinking the other day as I came up the escalator of Southwark tube to see a brass band playing, that it's a shame that the concourse there is not used for short bits of street theatre.
Example: I enjoyed Shakespeare at school, but am not sure if I would now. I'd like to go see The Reduced Shakespeare Company, but I don't know if I'd enjoy it - I'd love to see something exciting and energetic happening on that concourse - something that makes people stop for a second.
Secondarily, I see the posters for the Young Vic
, and I've visited the website. When I last looked, it told me nothing about the plays, so I was put off. I also see a lot of schoolkids doing daytime visits, so I've always been of the impression it is an educational theatre for school visits - I'm not even sure how I go about checking that out for sure.
To have something happening there and to be made aware of it in an innovative way could provide it with a bit of a boost. The Soho Theatre (www.sohotheatre.com) is a great example of how a small theatre can thrive. I think someone needs to organise discussions, comedy nights etc. there, because plays which are too mysterious to make me want to buy tickets doesn't seem to have that broad an appeal...