Speech: The Groundlings
My speech is about what the Groundlings snacked on during the show. The Groundlings didn’t really eat the food they mostly just threw the food at the performers if they disliked what they performed. Groundlings were known to misbehave and even throw food at characters they didn’t like. For an example blood was a huge attraction at the theater so actors would prepare bags of pig’s blood and guts. These were hidden under their costumes and when a murder or fatal wound was necessary for their character, they would pierce the bag with a sword and out came the gory contents. This delighted the audience. If the audience were not happy with a performance, they would throw rotten eggs and vegetables onto the stage. A particular bad performance could cause a riot. The orange was a useful fruit, its scent protected the nose from stench and it could be eaten when a Groundling felt an ache of hunger. The cheapest snack served at the theater would often be peanuts, which the patrons would sometimes throw at the performers on stage to show their disapproval. The phrases "no comments from the peanut gallery" or "quiet in the peanut gallery" are extensions of the name. Groundlings would eat hazelnuts, oranges, and other snacks during performances, as evidenced by the discovery of nutshells and orange peels during the excavations. (Which is a cavity formed by or as if by cutting, digging, or scooping). Hazelnuts were a popular snack during performances. Oranges and other snacks were sold during the play by girls to spread among the groundlings. When they were bored, they could buy food and drink from wandering peddlers (a person who sells from door to door or in the street), exchange the news of the day, and boo and hiss the actors.
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