WasThatGood.com was set up to fill the void on the web of accessible, independent theatre reviews by the public. We love theatre. The purpose of this site is to promote theatre debate and by doing so produce better theatre.
The site, however was borne of an evening at the theatre which was not the best. Having spent in excess of £190 for the latest reportedly must-see on the West End we left the theatre with the unmistakeable impression that we had been duped. To their credit the critics had not been untruthful. Everything was as reported, the lady in the lead role did indeed transform the production and her singing abilities were beyond reproach. These reports, however failed to mention her acting abilities, which were far less impressive. They also failed to mention the fact that none of these improvements altered the fact that the piece was still outdated, condescending claptrap, in our humble opinion.
When we attempted to share our opinions on the web we were offered few choices. The theatre’s own website, which contained some sycophantic platitudes - we were convinced would be unlikely to publish our thoughts. We could have sought solace on a social networking site – well my mum and my five facebook friends might have been interested – but that didn’t quite seem enough.
It was then that we hit upon the idea of a truly independent theatre review website, where like-minded people could get together and share their thoughts on a subject close to our hearts. Then we debated. This could just become a big arena to moan about the theatre. But we think we can do better than that. We hope it will become an arena where we can be truthful about what is good, and of course not so good, about theatre.
So here it is... This is your chance to tell the world about the theatre you love and hate and why. The why is the most important part. The why will tell us why people go to the same show ten times in three continents. Why they had to wait until the theatre cleared because they didn’t want everyone to see the tears in their eyes. Why they wanted to throw their mobile phone at the wicked stepmother in the town hall’s production of Cinderella.
So go on, tell us... WasThatGood.com?
Also tell us what you think of the site. It's all part of finding out about what you think. We have introduced a new way of rating the shows - The Thumbometer. You used to be given a 1 to 5 star rating but that hardly reflected how we felt about the ill-fated evening that started all of this. We thought that if an evening really impacted negatively on you then you should be able to reflect that in your rating. So now with The Thumbometer you can be completely honest and rate a show from -5 to +5. We hope you have more evenings at the +5 end!