The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse has turned into the perfect venue for a chamber play with music. The space offers intimacy and great acoustics. A new play by Nick Drake charts the inception of Handel's Messiah - it features the wonderful David Horovitch as the composer. Sean Campion and Kelly price co-star. Jonathan Munby is the director.
For those people who follow this blog, you'll know that I spend a fair amount of time at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe. Looks as though that won't change in the near future.
I am delighted that Shakespeare's Globe have booked me for four big Shakespearean shoots in the candlelit space. The outgoing artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole takes directing duties on The Tempest with personnel news to follow on the other three: Pericles, Cymbeline and The Winter's Tale.
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.
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.