Stage fright – when the audience was a no-show for famous performers

Getting a gig can seem like you’ve arrived if you’re an up-and-coming artist, but as these stars experienced, going on stage can be a very lonely place

Justin Hawkins of The Darkness: ‘We played at The Barfly in Sheffield and there were about four people there’

The smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd have been an attractive proposition ever since our ancestors first stood up beside the fire and gave out a few bars to their fellow cave-dwellers. Few of us dreamed about being call centre jockeys or accountants when we were children, because those bright lights just look like better sport.

It’s not all champers and strawberries, however, as Georgie Grier found out when her one-woman show, Sunsets, attracted a one-person audience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last month. It would seem, going by the many responses to her tweet, that most performers have suffered similar nights or even worse.