Just back from a sensational Pretenders & Blondie show at the Royal Theatre, however the atmosphere of the evening was spoilt by the anally retentive behaviour of the hired security company.
Observations this evening included:
1) People in the upper section using their mobile phones to either send text messages or update Facebook statuses, told off under suspicion of taking photos. Very difficult considering the distance from the stage.
2) People in the upper section wishing to have a dance in front of the seat they paid good money for, told in a not so friendly fashion within seconds of standing up, to plant their butt back in the seat it came from.
3) A fan during a slow song during the Pretenders performance using their mobile phone to wave from side to side, the way we did when we all had cigarette lighters in the 80s, told to cease doing so.
4) One particular security gentlemen seeming to charge like a ‘bull at a gate’ with arms waving at any person that stood up and walked down the stairs in his general direction, with the intention of the person clearly being to exit the venue, obviously to visit the gents or ladies, or purchase a beverage.
In the past there has been a lot said of why the big name acts on many occasions bypass Canberra, given what I witnessed tonight, I’m sure there are people out there that will in future think twice about going to shows at the Royal Theatre (which all said and done is a fantastic venue) given the over zealous behaviour by the hired security
Am unsure of regulations in terms of security in the ACT, but these individuals did not as I have often seen at other venues around town also adorn a badge with a number. Can anyone shed any light on rules and regulations in this regard