Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term going up.

On going up’s official page, we define the term as when an actor forgets a line in the middle of a performance. But now we want to know what the term going up means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Have you ever seen an actor go up in the middle of a show? What happened? Did the performer improvise or call for “line”?

— If you’re an actor, have you ever forgotten your lines during a performance? How did you handle it?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term going up, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

  • Steve Arcidiacono

    I was watching a performance of “Showboat” in Philadelphia, with Tom Bosley as Captain Andy, when the woman playing Parthie went up not once but TWICE in the same beat. He got her out of the first one with a smile, but when she went up again you could see he was boiling.