Thank you 2017. Here’s to 2018.

2017 has been a great year. Once again, I had the honour to take photos for The Miniaturists, who are now one of my most consistent clients. Working with these guys is always a pleasure, and over the years I have been very lucky to shoot a number of daring, exciting and moving new plays. I met actors and directors with whom I know I will want to work in the future, and I have discovered some amazing writers whose work I now follow regularly. If you haven’t yet, do check out their podcast. I promise you’ll love it.

One of my favourite aspects of being a photographer is being taken to places I might otherwise overlook or not have access to. In this respect, taking photos for Highbury Opera Theatre and Impropera has been a real treat, with their shows taking place at Union Chapel and at the British Museum’s October Late Night respectively - it’s not every day that you get to spend some time alone with the Elgin Marbles!

I was also delighted to return to the Battersea Arts Centre, which is by far one of my favourite venues in London, this time to take photos of a new cabaret called Rendezvous in Bratislava. If you’ve never been to the BAC, I highly recommend going. I have seen dozens of shows there, from family-friendly immersive theatre to scratch performances, monologues and verbatim pieces, and I have never been disappointed. Even just popping in for a drink is worth a visit, and while you’re there make sure you check out the gorgeous building!

The year has been rich with too many lovely moments to mention, but here’s one final shout out to Jemima Foxtrot, Etch and Kuleshov Theatre for bringing great new shows into the world, and for asking me to photograph them. 

I am excited to see what 2018 will bring, and to share it here with you. Happy new year everybody, may it be a joyful one!

Three Sisters and Bulldog for Etch

Last week I had the pleasure of taking production shots of Three Sisters and Bulldog, produced by Etch in collaboration with Pleasance. 

The former, by theatre company Squint, was a lovely twenty-minute or so adaptation of the first few scenes of Chekov’s classic, which happens to be one of my favourite plays and one whose adaptations I’m always happy to see and shoot. Andrew Whyment’s direction does a great job at bringing to life the script by Lee Anderson, and the result is electrifying. I hope I get to see more of it in the future!

Bulldog, by Jenny Knotts and directed by Dan Pick, is a little gem of new writing which I’m glad I got to see. The Glaswegian setting transported me to my university days in Edinburgh, and the production  recreates that particular brand of Scottish bleakness and humour so faithfully that I was a little surprised to find myself still in North London after the show. Text, direction and cast come together to create a truly harrowing piece of theatre - I’ll make sure I follow what these guys are up to next. 

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