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Poll: Was your first theatregoing experience intimidating?

An audience giving a standing ovation – could they be the future of criticism? Photo: Christian Bertrand/Shutterstock Theatres "must bend over backwards to welcome all. Not just their regulars, but those who don’t feel part of the club," Gardner argued. Photo: Christian Bertrand/Shutterstock
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In a recent column for The Stage, associate editor Lyn Gardner highlighted how important it is that theatres make themselves welcoming for audience members who do not regularly attend, and may not know how things work.

She said the experience “can make theatregoing feel as if it’s an exclusive club to which you don’t have the right membership, and one that is likely to fill you with rising panic, adding to the sense that you don’t belong there”.

This week we’re asking: Was your first theatregoing experience intimidating?


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