Took some time in the afternoon to see a great production of Godot (which I won't review here, but it was great). I thought I'd get some lunch first, but have to say that the chicken & chips was pretty dire - unseasoned, dull chicken and flaccid chips. Still, the people serving were very helpful and cheerful despite it being very busy and there being a couple of confused customers clogging the place up.
My seat was in the gallery of the Courtyard Theatre - terrible, terrible design. There's one row of seats, and if your seat is on either side then you are at right angles to the stage, and have to twist in your seat for the entire performance, some of which is obscured. Also, there isn't adequate space for people to move along the row (which is crazy, given the fat there's only one row), so each time someone came in, the whole row had to stand up - less than ideal for the elderly audience that were taking advantage of the afternoon performance.
Strangely, the sound-proofing was not that great - there was a performance with musical numbers in the other theatre, and the sound bleeding through the walls took some of the power out of silences between the actors on our stage. It is probably as annoying for the actors as the audience.
Obviously this only applies to where I was sitting, but I'd strongly recommend avoiding the gallery wings if you're going. It really doesn't feel like a space designed by a theatre-goer.
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