Last night, at a performance of Bananaman the Musical at the Southwark Playhouse, an intoxicated woman in the front row started throwing real life Bananas at Bananaman, causing the show to be stopped and her to be removed from the venue.
Bananaman began life in the Nutty comic in 1980, and was a runaway success, transferring to The Dandy before joining the world’s longest-running comic, The Beano in 2012 and he is now one of Beano’s flagship characters. A send-up of the likes of Superman and Batman, he was the subject of the hugely popular TV cartoon that ran between 1983 and 1986 for three series and 40 episodes on the BBC and featured the voices of Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie from The Goodies.
Witnesses at last night’s performance of the show said that although the performance had to be stopped in order to remove the overly enthusiastic bananafan, staff dealt with the situation quickly and effectively.
No one was hurt in the banana attack but perhaps an announcement should be made at the beginning of the show from now on, advising audience members that the throwing of bananas is strictly prohibited.
This Saturday, the cast of Bananaman the Musical will be taking over my Instagram Story for the day, giving us a look at what goes on backstage (hopefully there will be no banana incidents). Make sure you follow me instagram.com/westendwilma to check it out.
Photo: Pamela Raith