London A theater in London’s West End has introduced mini body cameras for staff, in a bid to discourage rowdy audience behavior. The industry groups Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre have teamed up with security company Calla to prevent aggression against staff, according to Phill Brown, head of risk and safety at the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre. «The tool definitely helped calm the situation,» he said. Phill Brown, head of risk and safety at the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, wears a body camera.
The cameras have a screen on one side that displays the image being recorded, much like the cameras used at some self-service grocery store checkouts. This means people can see themselves as if through the camera lens, which is effective in calming them down, according to Ben Read, marketing manager at Calla. Read More «It’s almost like bringing a mirror up to them,» Read told CNN. «There’s been a lot of positive feedback,» Read said of the ongoing trial.
Brown is keen to emphasize that the body cameras are not mandatory, and each venue is free to set its own policy on their use. «We haven’t got a major problem and we don’t want to have a major problem,» he said. «When you mix in alcohol with the theater environment then that can exacerbate situations and we want to try to manage that before it becomes a major problem within our industry,» said Brown in a statement on the UK Theatre website. Several incidents have shone a light on the problem in recent years.
In June 2018, a fight broke out between two «middle-aged blokes» at the National Theatre in London, according to eyewitnesses who posted about the incident on Twitter.
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