Audience - Audience Participation

Audience Participation

Some more advanced audience participation is most commonly found in performances which break the fourth wall. Examples include the traditional British pantomimes, stand-up comedy, and creative stage shows such as Blue Man Group.

One of the most well-known examples of popular audience participation accompanies the motion picture and music The Rocky Horror Picture Show and its earlier stage incarnation The Rocky Horror Show. The audience participation elements are often seen as the most important part of the picture, to the extent that the audio options on the DVD version include the option.

In the audience participation for the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the audience make "call backs", and yell at the screen at certain parts of the movie. Also, a number of props are thrown and used by the audience during certain parts of the film. These props include:

  • Rice - for the wedding scene
  • Water pistols - to simulate the rain that Brad and Janet are walking in
  • Toilet paper - when Dr. Scott enters the lab and Brad cries out "Great Scott!"
  • Noisemakers - used at the beginning of the creation scene
  • Confetti - used at the end of "I can make you a Man"
  • Toast - used at the dinner scene
  • Party hats - used at the dinner scene
  • Playing cards - used in "I'm going home"

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