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Romeo Y Julieta

by | 8th, August 2006

LIVE theatre. Isn’t it just great!

The deafening silence as you stand on stage, dressed in your best underwear, and deliver the punch line.

The smell of wet anoraks as the crowd takes refuge from the rain outside with a seat at your performance of Hamza On Trial: The Musical.

And the click-clack of seat backs popping up to the empty position as your audience of two (both mum and dad are here) nip out to feed the parking meter.

It is hard work being a player at the Edinburgh Fringe. But it could be worse imagine having to perform sober!

And things may yet get more trying for the cast, in particular the comedian Mel Smith. In Edinburgh to play Winston Churchill in Allegiance, a play about the wartime leader’s relationship with Michael Collins, Mel has been told that he cannot smoke on stage.

The city’s environmental officers visited the Assembly Rooms, the theatre where the play is on, and ordered a ban on smoking. Winston Churchill must not smoke on stage. He should not put anything in his mouth that is lit. If he must suck on something, then a carrot or spring onion are preferred.

Smoking in a public space is against the rules. As the paper says, any breach of the rules will

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