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Wilf Day
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posted 03 July 2005 11:22 PM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If I understand this item right, the Scottish Parliament has voted 93 to 13 to ban smoking by actors on stage.
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Some events tax credulity, and for some strange reason most of them seem to occur in Scotland. Exhausting the superlatives of amazement this week were those members of the executive who debated whether the impending smoking ban should cover actors smoking on stage during plays.

Like Andy Kerr, the health minister, I am deeply opposed to the practice; not, like him, because audiences and theatre staff need to be protected from passive smoking, but because most actors smoke in real life and their annoyance at being impeded further makes me laugh. Briefly, however, the debate was on a more elevated level, and then, happily, it got really silly.

Brian Monteith, the Tory MSP, argued that extension of the ban to theatres had more to do with political correctness than public health, which is pretty much the Tory default position on everything.

“All Indian films have taken out any scenes involving smoking,” he said with stunning irrelevance. “They are going back to extricate any smoking scenes from old movies,” he added, using the word “extricate” in place of remove because it sounded cleverer.

The daffy Nat Stuart Maxwell then chipped in with this: “If actors wish to do a play by Irvine Welsh, should they inject heroin? Should they take illegal drugs on stage?” This sounded a fair enough point, until you spotted the clue in the word “illegal”, an argument that if followed to its logical conclusion insists that heroin is okay if taken in the proper location.

In pursuit of the point that an artificial, non-toxic cigarette could be deployed for theatrical use, Maxwell then proceeded to produce such an item and use it in the appropriate fashion. Even more cringingly, Monteith’s crusade was defeated by 93 votes to 13. Noël Coward will never forgive us.



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Albion1
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posted 16 July 2005 03:27 PM      Profile for Albion1     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Simple: Do NOT write plays where people take out cigarettes and smoke!

Also: Don't write plays where people masturbate on the stage but that is allready a given.

The difference between someone masturbating on a stage and someone smoking a cigarette on stage is that you can't die from second hand masturbation (pardon the hand pun)!!!


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posted 19 July 2005 06:00 AM      Profile for out-of-academia     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh my God, give me a break! Do we not have better things to worry about than spreading PC bullshit to stage plays? The air on the street is more toxic than the pollution given off by one smoke. Those folks who are doing this in Scotland sound like neurotic control freaks.
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Michelle
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posted 19 July 2005 07:49 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Unbelievable.
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satana
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posted 19 July 2005 08:08 AM      Profile for satana     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
how about using a harmless substitute and act like you're smoking a cigarette? that can't be too hard.
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Michelle
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posted 19 July 2005 08:12 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, I didn't read the whole thing. I thought they meant that they couldn't even PORTRAY smoking onstage, kind of like our beer ads where you can't show people drinking beer. (Is that still so?)

Yeah, I suppose if you can use a fake cigarette, then it's not SO terrible. I mean, everything else is fake onstage - if people can get over the fact that the sunset is painted on a backdrop, then surely they can get over the fact that no smoke is coming out of the cigarette.


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James
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posted 19 July 2005 08:58 AM      Profile for James        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Smokephobia is a disease
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skdadl
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posted 19 July 2005 09:29 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What a bitchy, artery- and intestine-clogged piece of writing that Times column is. That's the sort of model that Barbara Amiel learned to live down to.

The British are beginning to catch up to our smoking neuroses, unfortunately. I mean, if the Irish can ban smoking in pubs, then meaningful life on earth is coming to an end.

Scotland is funny on issues like these: for every red-nosed lover of his wee dram you can find a censorious teetotaller, and then there are all the people who swing regularly from one extreme to the other.

I wonder how the Socialists voted.


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