Set report: Medea in rehearsal

Most of my rehearsal shots from the forthcoming production of the Almeida Theatre's Medea are now in circulation. Here they are in one place - click on the pic for the full ratio. I'll be at the theatre on Thursday and Friday this week shooting the production and can't wait. From what I saw in the rehearsal room a rather special production is in the making. And shooting at the Almeida is always something of an adventure. 

The production is directed by the Almeida's artistic director, Rupert Goold. It stars Kate Fleetwood, Justin Salinger and Andy de la Tour. 

Set report: The Bakkhai

The Bakkhai has successfully set sail at the Almeida and I was there to shoot production photography. Something about that space is a joy to shoot in; the warehouse feel of it, I suppose. Anyway, the cast are playing a blinder on this one. 

It stars Ben Whishaw, Bertie Carvel and Kevin Harvey.

The Bakkhai are: Amiera Darwish, Aruhan Galieva, Eugenia Georgieva, Kaisa Hammarlund, Helen Hobson, Hazel Holder, Melanie La Barrie, Elinor Lawless, Catherine May and Belinda Sykes

It's sexy. It's scary. It's sold out. 

** Click on pics for full crops.

Set Report: The Bakkhai at the Almeida

Something special is brewing down Islington way. James Macdonald's new production of The Bakkhai opens at the Almeida, towards the end of this month. As you can see, it stars Ben Whishaw and Bertie Carvel and a pack of feisty, full-throated Bakkhai. I was lucky enough to hear something of Orlando Gough's score in the room - shiver-up-the-spine time. 

These ten shots have been released to the press. However, look out for a stack of other shots that will be drip-fed to a hungry nation over the few weeks. Just love working at the Almeida - daring shot selections always and not afraid to get their money's worth by using loads of shots online and off. That's what a photographer likes to see. 

On set report: Carmen Disruption

Loved every minute of this challenging shoot. It's the UK premiere of a dazzling play by Simon Stephens. This tale of international travel, compressed rehearsal calls, jet lag and disorientation is something that I know will resonate strongly with the one or two friends I have in the opera business. It's beautifully directed by Michael Longhurst. Carmen Disruption plays at the Almeida down Islington way.

On set report: Carmen Disruption

This shoot was an unexpected treat for a Friday afternoon. Simon Stephen's new play features a mezzo soprano who belts out all the big arias from Bizet's Carmen. And that's what I was lucky enough to watch being rehearsed down at the Almeida. I'll also be shooting the production for this one and it promises to be a highly theatrical event – which always makes for a good shoot. 

The production is directed by Michael Longhurst and features Sharon Small, John Light, Noma Dumezweni, Jack Farthing, Katie West, and mezzo Viktoria Vizin.


News: Next up Carmen Disruption

It's back to the Almeida later this month as I shoot the rehearsals and production of Simon Stephens' new play, Carmen Disruption. Blurb is beneath and it sounds rather intriguing and there's a few familiar faces in the cast from recent Donmar and MGC shoots. 

For those that asked, the Berlin shoot went very well and I fell in love with the city. Just waiting for final sign off on usage and I'll get the pictures up. Very pleased with set - and a real thrill to watch conductor Tugan Sokhiev at work. I was allowed to position myself in amongst the orchestra, and for the most part managed to avoid treading on the Strads. 

News: Our Town backgrounder

I'm off to shoot the dress rehearsal for the Almeida's production of Our Town today. Here's a video featuring director David Cromer. The audience, seated on all sides, is going to be an integral part of this production and so I'm shooting with an invited audience in place. Apologies if I tread on your toes, or stick my butt in your face - it's all in the name of capturing the moment. 


On set report: Our Town

It was great to go back to the Almeida Theatre and shoot an early rehearsal of David Cromer's production of Our Town. Not only does he direct, but he also stars as the Stage Manager, a role that's at the heart of this kaleidoscopic classic. 

It's not a new production. Cromer has already picked up a stack of awards for this reimagining of Thornton Wilder's play and it was fascinating to watch him work with a British cast. I'll be shooting the production in a few weeks. 

Director David Cromer, in rehearsal.

Director David Cromer, in rehearsal.