People from all walks of life always find time to pause after a hard and honest time of labor. They take that much needed break out of the monotony of routine work and the hustles and bustles of everyday living towards their respective channels of relaxation. It’s a very deserving reward they gift for themselves, or, together with their families and loved ones. Those who have the spending capacities to splurge opt for a vacation holiday, a destination tour or an island cruise. Others who are in a tight budget spend quality time just enjoying the warmth of home, with tales and cocktails, with smiles and laughter together with friends and family. But since time immemorial, going to the theatre is one noted avenue for rest and recreation that people commonly indulge into and has never gone out of style— even if people watch a theatre play once in a while.
For thousands of centuries since its origins, the theatre had still survived towards the present time. It has drastically evolved from ancient times as myths and rituals into an art of storytelling, then into dramatizing the story’s events, and consequently, with the constant rehearsals, replays and repetitions, it has broken the grounds for what we now come to know as movies and films. Its perpetual evolution includes the property sets, structures, facilities and other amenities that go along and make up an ideal theatre house. What has never changed? It’s the presentation of the stories and their contents that relate to people’s lives. The impact of these stories made into plays is what people keep on patronizing besides appreciating theatre as a form of higher, modern and intellectual art. As time goes by, one will never wonder why, why the theatre survives and will never die.
However, it is not just all about the stories and plays affecting people’s lives why the theatre survives. Somehow, it is largely due in part with the evolution of its facilities and amenities that suit the interests and needs of theatre-goers. After all, the theatre is where people find themselves to enjoy, relax and delight in comfort with all the conveniences it could offer. This has already been the primordial concern of both theatre owners and patrons. In any way, what makes a good play when the theatre is in disarray? It would be better staying home than getting discomforted along the way.
Thus, prudence dictates to consider and weigh certain criteria before choosing a theatre to go into in order to have a pleasant and memorable experience while watching the show. Foremost of which are concerns for comfort. Theatre seats must be aptly cushioned, if not, ergonomically constructed to provide and support a good, healthy and comfortable sitting position. The seats’ back and hand rests shall also be taken into the same consideration. Air-conditioning or ample ventilation is a must for today’s modern times. A clean, cool and cozy air induces a worthy relaxation while watching theatre plays. More about comfort is the proper provisions of clean comfort rooms that can accommodate patrons without crowding. One can never hold the call of nature for so long, so, a crowded and dirty rest room is just all wrong.
There are more factors to consider when choosing the best theatre. Convenience also poses a major concern. For people with disabilities, the theatre’s structure must follow the correct building and construction codes that provide them with their necessities, such as wheelchair ramps, rails, lavatory and urinal bars and other forms of structural assistance. Fire and emergency exits shall be strategically in place. Refreshment parlors must also be provided nearby. Proper lighting and water fixtures must be specified at the right places. A spacious lobby is also a must so that patrons could move with ease. Generally, implementing convenience for the patrons is reflected upon the structural aspects of the theatre. It makes a patron to have a feel of affinity and become an avid sympathizer.
To go and watch a play at the theatres is to relax at your own comfort and convenience, and never at your own risk. It’s a reward you always wish, so take time to consider what theatres must never miss.
This article is written by Camia, who describe here some criteria before choosing a theatre. She started her job life at Sydney Interactive Theatre and after that Work on various corporate event and entertainment related company. She gathered her knowledge about this topic from there.