I'll be taking production shots for Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise at the Print Room, in Notting Hill. It's directed by Jamie Glover, an actor who appeared in perhaps the greatest thing I've ever seen on stage - The Chalk Garden (Donmar). A teaser video has been released by the producers.
Here's a selection of photos from Abbey Wright's production of The Cocktail Party at the Coronet. Great venue, great production, great play. Oh, and Marcia Warren gives the performance of the year. Click for full ratio.
In September I'll be shooting both rehearsals and production for a new production of T.S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party, at the Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill. It'll be directed by the lovely and talented Abbey Wright who I've had the pleasure of working with a couple of times before.
I remember seeing John Dexter's great production of this play at the Phoenix Theatre way back. I even remember the great black and white production images by Angus McBean. The Cocktail Party boasts my favourite opening exchange to any play, ever.
ALEX: You've missed the point completely, Julia:
There were no tigers. That was the point.
JULIA: Then what were you doing, up in a tree:
You and the Maharaja?
Really looking to seeing how the cast stacks up for this production and can't wait to get cracking.
d(ARE)/Here Be Lions opened at The Coronet Theatre last week and I was there to shoot the dress rehearsal. Easily one of the most provocative shows I've shot. The first part takes places in the studio space and is a 20-minute dance piece. The second part is in the theatre's main auditorium which has been filled with dry ice. It's a spoken-word piece for actor and vocal improvisor. I've shot in plenty of blackout situations before - but this was the first white-out.
Have just struck a wonderful relationship with the Print Room, who have taken over as the owners at the Coronet in Notting Hill. The transformation of that space into a first-class arts venue is a wildly exciting project and I'll be tracking its progress over the next few years. The first batch of my architectural shots will appear soon.
In the meantime, I'm going to be shooting one of their hosted shows. I think it's going to be a rather interesting shoot...
Here's what the website says:
"d(ARE) / Here Be Lions was borne out of a collaboration between French artist, choreographer and dancer Sandrine Buring, and playwright and director Stéphane Olry. It is inspired by Buring’s and Olry’s artist residencies at the Hôpital de la Roche-Guyon, a hospital for children with multiple and severe neurological difficulties in France. The piece fuses dance and immersive theatre to explore with beauty and subtlety the experiences, thoughts and sensations of these enigmatic young people. There will be dance from inside a suspended glass laboratory bell jar, and voices from eight different characters attempting to vocalise disability. These two mediums – movement and text – are presented to the audience as ways in which to imagine a world that is often deemed unimaginable. Like the Latin cartographers who wrote in the spaces of the yet unexplored deserts, hic sunt leones: here are the lions."