This post on the Guardian Theatre blog last week seemed to irk rather a lot of people who go to theatre alone. The piece questioned why there is a stigma attached to going solo to see a play or indeed a film.
Stigma? Pretty much all the thirty or so comments were from people, like myself, who go to theatre on their own regularly and don't feel in the least bit awkward or embarrassed by it and why should we, we aren't living in Victorian England anymore?
What would have been more interesting is if Emma Love, the blogger, had instead looked into the increasing use of social media by theatre-goers and producers.
Take last night, for example, I went to see Vernon God Little @youngvic and mentioned it in a tweet as I was leaving home. By the time I'd arrived at the theatre there was a reply from@pcchan1981 saying 'I'm here too let's meet up in the interval'.
And that is happening more and more. Most of my theatre trips used to be solo but now more often than not I either bump into fellow theatre twitterers or end up arranging to go with like minded people who share my passion for the theatre and whom I've got to know first through social media.
The numbers of theatre fans on twitter is growing, as are the number of those involved in producing it. It's becoming a great source of information about forthcoming productions, ticket offers and of course some good old gossip.
Perhaps for Emma Love's next post on the Guardian Theatre Blog she should get involved with the chat about theatre on Twitter and write about where that takes her rather than worrying whether the person sat next to her thinks she's some kind friendless weirdo.