I was sad to see Glitch bar and cinema on St George’s Rd closed when I walked past recently. I was a regular there when it first opened and a lot of fantastic shows were held there. Nelly Thomas’ Character Comedy began there, where I first saw comedians like Sam Simmons and Wilson Dixon.
Perhaps the best show I saw there was a piece of interactive theatre, with a live band accompaniment, incorporating voyeuristic cinema. In the cinema room at the rear the screen showed vision from the front bar captured by hidden cameras. The band played while you watched the play being performed in the front bar, where the actors mingled with patrons as part of the performance.
The uniqueness of the work was created by the interactions in the front bar, where people entering may or may not have known the play was on. Oblivious randoms off the street became part of the performance, as was anyone from the cinema room returning to the front bar to get another drink.