Sunday, 5 March 2017

Doing it alone


Yesterday I went to the theatre alone. 

I am very used to doing things alone. Going shopping by myself is one of my favourite things to do. I'll go in my lunch hour or a weekend and secretly dread if someone asks me to come with me. So being alone is something I do all the time. But never have I gone to the cinema or taken myself to a coffee shop.

I'm usually worried I will see someone I know and they'll ask who I'm with. When I'm shopping, I just say I needed to pop in last minute and get some things, but this seemed a little different.

Walking into the theatre, I tried to think of ways I could disguise that I was there by myself. Looking around to see if I could pretend to find the 'person I knew', walking into the auditorium behind a group of people. It wasn't until I got to my seat that I started to feel a bit uncomfortable.

I don't know if it was a good or bad thing that there were 4 empty seats next to me. I started thinking that others may think that the person I was coming with couldn't come - yes, that would be a good idea. I was ready with an answer if anyone threw the question at me. Of course, no one did. No one cared.

The interval was also the problem. The people around me went to get drinks, icecreams and talked about the act they had just seen. I took myself to the toilet, which thank goodness had a large line so it wasted lots of time. I made it back to my seat just as the lights went down. A possible awkward situation avoided. Once the show was over, I clapped, gave a standing ovation and rushed out to get my train. And that was it.

It's weird how I felt about doing it alone. Whilst I thought people could be looking at me, people weren't taking any notice, and why would they? Modern society means that people don't talk to strangers, they don't start conversations with random people you're sitting next to on the bus or in the theatre. I don't go into a theatre and try and work out who everyone is with. In fact, when I went to see the new Bridget Jones film, the tiny town cinema was packed, and the only seat left was one in front of us in between two couples. I watched as a lady came in and asked to sit in the spare seat. I smiled, and forgot all about it by the end.

I'm already planning my next solo theatre trip - I have a few days off at the end of the month and I have my eye on a £20 ticket to see Dreamgirls that has my name on it. Who knows, maybe I'll even take myself to lunch before, rather than eat home made ham sandwiches on the train.



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3 comments

  1. Where was this? I think i'd feel more conspicuous if it was in my home town or somewhere other than London. If I was going to see a play in London I don't think I would be worried at all just because everyone is a stranger in London and likely to be more than just one single person there. I saw Bend in Like Beckham at the theatre there last year alone and only felt a little funny during the break, same as yourself. Though I was running to get there in time so that probably helped!
    I've been to the cinema alone too which is fine once the lights go down. I want to see the new 50 shades and would happily go alone but not sure if this is the type of film it would look weird seeing alone?
    Well done on your solo excursion, let us know how the next one goes!
    Amy at Amy & More

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  2. I love going to the theatre alone, sometimes it's far more enjoyable than bringing someone along with you. I definitely agree that the interval is probably when it's most awkward for you but I wish more people did this. I really loved reading this post :)

    Emmie
    www.carpediememmie.co.uk

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