Willie and I have only been to The Barnyard once before for one of his staff functions. It was really fun and we said we would definitely go again. Turns out we didn’t but when our anniversary rolled around this year he booked tickets for us to go. He also booked tickets for my birthday.
On our anniversary we went to “Six of the Best” and it really was so good! It just kept getting better. The cast was fabulous and we kept turning to each other saying “that was so good”. There was the one part which was a bit of a play on Rocky Horror Picture Show. Also, Darren Verciul who ‘played’ Freddie Mercury was absolutely fantastic! He lived the role and he enjoyed every second of being on that stage. Of course all of them were absolutely amazing but he had just something extra! I loved it. It was just fabulous! We had really great seats and the evening was really great. We also had really nice pizza.
I must just mention that the staff there are great! All friendly and on the ball. The guy that is at the pizza place is just so cool. He is really funny and he makes you feel like he’s known you forever.
We walked out really looking forward to the next show which was on my birthday.
On Saturday we got there at about the same time we did last time. It was pretty empty but I assumed it had something to do with the Sharks game that was on. So we ordered pizza and drinks and we took our places. Once again we had really great seats. The place started filling up pretty fast after that. It was pretty clear it was a different crowd compared to the last time we were there. About 45 minutes before the show started the couple sitting next to me walked in. It was clear from the start that they had had a few drinks already. They went to order drinks and came back with what looked like the whole bar. Bottles of wine and beer. In my opinion they didn’t need any more and besides, Barnyard is not exactly the place you go to get drunk and party. I would assume you would head off to a club or pub for that instead of a show. They got really loud and seemed to hit it off with the folks that were sitting next to them.
The conversation got louder and cruder as time went on. Eventually they got up to go smoke and pee (yes, they let us know where they were going) and then came back with 12 shooters. 12. For 4 people. It should have been pretty clear that it was all going to go downhill after that but it was my birthday, we had paid for the tickets and we were really looking forward to “The Final Countdown”. Willie asked me if I wanted to leave and I said we will see how it goes. I really thought that once the show started they would calm down and enjoy the show like the rest of us civilized people were planning on doing.
Well, the lights came on, the music started and Kirsty Madgin played the Saxaphone. It was really great. My neighbours however, went ape. Stomping and kicking the platform and table. Banging their hands on the table tops. Screaming and shouting the oddest loads of rubbish. I know it was sounding great but really? Of course everyone turned to stare and look and we got loads of those stares as well. The couple sitting next to W were also getting pretty annoyed and I could see that he was not the type of person to keep quiet. In fact, he looked about ready to punch the guy in the face.
2 minutes in I spotted W sitting forward in his chair and he looked over to these folks with *that* look. I knew it was time to leave. They had really ruined the atmosphere and the night. I couldn’t imagine going through a show with drunk out of their minds adults behaving like apes. If I wanted to see and share in that I would not have chosen The Barnyard for the evening. It is not how we have experience it before and not what we associate with The Barnyard. Don’t get me wrong. People were having fun, having a few drinks, being a little silly. There was fun and then there was the couple from hell.
We ended up walking out before the intro was even finished. I just couldn’t stand it. I can’t understand why people behave like that. To make matters worse, this couple came together. Which means they had to drive there together. Which means they were leaving together. Neither of them arrived sober or in a position to be driving and they sure as heck were not going to leave in a much better state. I wonder how many peoples lives were in danger that night while they made their way home. If they made their way home.
Thank you Barnyard for being great and for really understanding. You guys are awesome!