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Pipe Down

by | 8th, February 2005

‘ACTORS learning their craft are expected to pretend to be many things.

Or you can use dummy actors…

They can be a tree, a mouse or a squirrel fighting a mouse as it scuttles about a tree. They can pretend to have sex, to kill and even to die.

And now adding to the masterclass is the course in pretending to smoke. And it is necessary, because, as the Guardian reports, plans are afoot to ban smoking from our theatres.

Such a ban would mean that anyone playing Algernon Moncrieff in the Importance of Being Earnest, for instance, will have to mime smoking as he rows over ownership of a silver cigarette case.

Granted, the case could be exchanged for a vial in which vitamin pills could be placed, and Algi would be seen popping a health-boosting lump of Vitamin C as he enjoys a heated exchange.

But surely something of the dramatic moment has been lost.

However, before Mrs Robinson marks the breaking in of The Graduate in her bed with a shot of wheatgrass and a stick of sugar-free gum, we note that a campaign has been launched.

In response to the legislation

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