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The real thrill of theatre is the thrill of knowing that at any moment something might go wrong

The real thrill of theatre is the thrill of knowing that at any moment something might go wrong The real thrill of theatre is the thrill of knowing that at any moment something might go wrong
Source: Francis Hamel (b. 1963) - The Noël Coward Theatre
The Rehearsal
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The real thrill of [theatre] is the thrill of knowing that at any moment something might go wrong. At any moment something on the stage might break or fall over; someone might miss their cue, someone might botch the lighting, someone might forget their accent or their lines. You are never fearful watching a film, because what you are watching is always complete, always the same and always perfect; but you are often fearful watching a play, in case something goes foul and you must then suffer the private embarrassment of watching the actors flounder and repair themselves. But at the same time, in the silky dark of the auditorium, you ache for something to go wrong. You desire it utterly. You feel tender toward any actor whose hat falls off, whose button breaks. You gasp and applaud when an actor trips and rights himself. And if you see a mistake that others in the audience miss, then you feel a special privilege, as if you are glimpsing a seam of a secret undergarment, something infinitely private, like a scarlet bite-mark on the inside of a woman’s thigh.

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