Clump, Squeak, Spit And Heave

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Paul Allen investigates our ability to ignore the occupational hazard of live entertainment, the gaffe.

Contributors include Jonathan Miller, John Williams and Prunella Scales

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The dancers leap beautifully but clump like marching squaddies; the strings beneath the guitarists' flashing fingers squeak as well as sing; as Romeo declares undying love the spittle flies, and when he dies the actor's chest keeps heaving.

But the audience doesn't mind.

Paul Allen investigates our ability to ignore all this with help from director Jonathan Miller, guitarist John Williams, actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales, and critics and choreographers.