On set report: Thomas Tallis at Shakespeare's Globe

The Sam Wanamaker Theatre

The Sam Wanamaker Theatre

It's not often you get the chance to shoot in a space like no other. The Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare's Globe is a Jacobean-style indoor, candlelit theatre and for the next few days only, it's the home of a new play called Thomas Tallis. I was thrilled to be asked to take the production shots for this show, as I've been wanting to crash this venue for a while now.

Exclusive: Brendan O'Hea in Thomas Tallis

Exclusive: Brendan O'Hea in Thomas Tallis

It boasts a rather fine acting company and the breathtaking talent of the early music ensemble The Sixteen. It's written by Jessica Swale and directed by Adele Thomas.

No two ways about it, when it comes to a technical challenge, Thomas Tallis pushed me about as far as I've ever been pushed. Most of the show is lit by the actors themselves with handheld candles. When I walked into the auditorium I got way too over-excited at the light thrown by the hanging candelabras (pictured top). Unfortunately those candles get snuffed out before the end of the first act - and it's chiaroscuro all the way after that. Adele mentioned to me that Caravaggio was a visual inspiration. She nailed it. It's quite stunning to look at. 

I love the sort of job where something new is asked of you. This was one of those jobs.

You can check out more of the shots here.