Last week, I spent the morning with the Shakespeare's Globe's Comedy of Errors company. Rehearsal pics will be up soon. The shoot took place at The Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, Clapham's answer to Hogwarts. I've lived in South London for over twenty years and I've never come across this architectual oddity.
I spend most of my time in rather nondescript, boxy rooms that provide a neutral, distractionless surround for actors. The RVPB isn't that kind of space. It was built in the 1850s for the 'Education and Training of three hundred Orphan Daughters of Soldiers, Seamen and Marines who perished in the Russian War'. During the Second World War it became a holding station for suspected spies. It's now home to ALRA drama school.
It's an incredible Victorian gothic cake of a building. And what light. I shot in the Great Hall, a giant vaulted space with windows lining its two lengths. Don't often get the chance to shoot in a room that's flooded with such a generous natural light.
Talking of light - just seen Emberlight (see video), a rather nifty idea on Kickstarter. Could do with a bucket-sized version of this in some of the murkier rehearsal rooms I find myself in. Customisable brightness on tap. Yes please, thank you very much.