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A London theatre is fighting texters with lasers

Written by
David Clack

Depending on where you are, using your phone in a London theatre could have all sorts of consequences. In the worst-case scenario, it could see you get c-bombed by the leading man; if you’re lucky you may escape with a chorus of tuts from those around you.

If you’re at the Jermyn Street Theatre, however, chances are you’ll be blasted to bits with a laser. Well, publicly shamed with one, at the very least. The theatre, which is currently staging time-hopping war drama ‘The Cause’, is set to trial the technique, currently being used by some high-profile Chinese theatres.

JST artistic director Anthony Biggs told The Times: ‘Having someone sit next to you with their phone on, even vaguely in your eyesight, makes you irrationally angry. Maybe it’s not legally wrong, but it makes you want to kill them anyway.’

Sounds like a pretty distracting way of dealing with distractions to us, but if it stops the dude in the row in front from firing up ‘Candy Crush’ in the middle of a key piece of plot development, we’re all for it.

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