Friday 9 March 2007

Russian theatre jams phones

This week The Guardian noted that the Alexandrinsky theatre in St Petersburg now jams mobile phone signals during theatrical performances. This measure was prompted after a phone rang during the pivotal suicide scene at the end of Leo Tolstoy's The Living Corpse.

The Guardian interviewed a number of British artistic directors and playwrights for their opinions on the Russian approach to these aural intrusions. The responses indicate that mobile phones interrupt performances in the UK on a regular basis. One wonders how the Irish compare?

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