Theatre Fails and How to Recover

Anna Fiorentini 29 May 2019

Theatre Fails and How to Recover

Even the best actors in the West End make mistakes from time to time. People fall, slip, come late to the stage, forget a prop, get the giggles, forget a line—the list goes on.

You might think that you’ve made the biggest blunder in theatre history, but no one in the audience likely had any idea! With this in mind, the number one piece of advice for on-stage mistakes is to keep going. Just keep going.

Never say “oops” or any other explicative, because the audience probably has no idea you’ve messed up anyway. Even if they did, stay calm and be professional. If you have music in your performance or you’re singing, try to memorise the music in measures or phrases so that you can easily jump back in at the right spot.

Sometimes audience members enjoy mess-ups; it shows them that the performers are human. You must have the ability to fight through a defeatist mentality. Always believe in your capabilities as a performer! It’s in the nature of being human to mess up.

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