You got heckled...



According to the dictionary the meaning of to heckle is: to interrupt (a public speaker, performer, etc.) by comments, questions, or taunts.


Now, I bet you're wondering why we would name our website (yes, HKELD, standing for Hong Kong English Language Drama/Dance, is pronounced 'heckled') after such an ugly thing in the performance industry. No one likes a heckler. But here's the rub, I do.


I give mad respect to an audience member who is so angry or bored by the performance that they feel the need to shout it. Heckling has a long history with our art form. In Shakespeare's days they threw tomatoes, in Vaudeville they pulled performers off stage with a shepard's crook when they weren't funny enough. On "The Muppet Show" Statler and Waldorf ripped Kermit and friends to shreds with puns, (and thus, became my favorite theatre critics of all time!!!)



Of course, there are nasty hecklers who are mean for no reason at all. But this is not what this site celebrates. If you hate something, you have to give me a good reason why. We celebrate an open dialogue between the performer and the audience. If you are unsatisfied with a performance- you should speak up. There is nothing worse in an audience than one who sits through a mediocre production, knows it's bad, and accepts it without question.


Some artists are raised under the philosophy, "If you can't say something nice. Don't say anything at all." I am not of this school. I believe that I can only grow as a performer through criticism. Now, I'm not inviting you to throw tomatoes at me during my next production but I am asking you to be honest. Hopefully, through this site we can create an open dialogue between the audience and the artist. We can learn what you like and what you don't. By better serving your needs as performers it's good for both parties. You'll buy more tickets (which helps us) and we'll make better shows (which helps you).


Thank you very much for visiting the site.  This is only the beginning and we hope that it will be the beginning of a new age in the Hong Kong arts scene where people can more easily find out what's happening, what's good and where things are playing.  If you have any questions, feel free to heckle me below in the comment section.



PS- According to Urban Dictionary, the second definition of "to heckle" is to poop. Let's hope none of us gets verbal diarrhea...



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  • Adam
    25 September 2012

    For verbal diarrhea please see the comment section on the C&C review...
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