I recently worked on a show were I observed something that shocked me. In this day of occupational health and safety, I would have thought that seasoned technical staff would realise that what they were doing was wrong and very in-appropriate. The sin – drinking backstage during a set up. The crew member that was drinking was the touring production manager, and was responsible for the safety of his crew and the dancers that made up the show. But what does a venue tech do about a situation like this. In theory they can ask the offender to leave the venue, but that is going to have a major impact on the show. Maybe ask tactfully that they cease drinking and save the rest for after the show. May be venues need to have guidelines that visiting technicians need to follow.
I am not to sure what the solution is, but I believe that drinking during a set up, show or bump out is putting people in a potentially harmful situation. Theatre can be a very dangerous place and we don’t want people, whoever they are, put at risk.