Before today’s Hamlet rehearsals began I was watching some other rehearsals at the theatre, and so arrived a little later than my usual ’30 minutes before required’ policy. This meant that my usual seat, right at the very back – carefully selected as it was situated in a position where I would cause the least offence were I to need an emergency toilet break – was taken. As such I had to sit a few rows down, and now found myself in one of the seats that had restricted sight lines for some of the below-stage action. This was not a problem in and of itself, but because the audience has to be considered at all times, my opinion was constantly sought in regards to what I could and could not see. I opted for a standard ‘Yes, I can see everything extremely clearly, thank you very much’, and now just live in hope that when it comes to show time, no one pays good money for that particular seat.
It has taken me over a year and a half, but I finally have some ‘purikura’ photographs! These monstrosities are created in a specialised photo booth, which aims to make the subject ‘hyper-cute’. This is done by computationally bleaching the skin, widening the eyes, and giving the user the option of adding personalised messages, hearts, smiley faces, and other vomit-inducing effects. The resultant photos of Yuko and I were certainly interesting, and whilst she did indeed look ‘hyper-cute’ I ended up resembling a cross between an albino and Chucky, result.