July 15th, 2014 by Helen
In April I travelled up to The Lowry in Salford Quays to take production photographs of Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies. The show is based on the dystopian William Golding novel but rather than being set on a desert island takes place in an empty theatre. The show has received rave reviews and rightly so – it is a beautiful production, hauntingly tense with moments of great fun and even greater violence. The show combines eight professional dancers with 24 new recruits in each city it visits, giving young dancers the opportunity to dance to a professional standard. Upcoming cities include Aberdeen, Cardiff, Liverpool and London and if you happen to be nearby I would thoroughly recommend it.
June 12th, 2014 by Helen
I was asked to take a promotional photograph of the actors from the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre. The company is touring their shows around the UK and needed an image to give a glimpse of the five different shows they will be performing. It has been used on the promotional flyer (above) and general web and marketing use. The photograph was taken in one sitting with the ten actors dressed as one of their characters from Shows 1-4. It was lit using Elinchrom lighting and I was ably assisted by Sheila Udeagu. For those of you who haven’t heard of Secret Theatre I would definitely recommend it, it will be touring Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds and Oxford.
Here is the original image:
May 23rd, 2014 by Helen
Recently I took the production photographs for The Believers. I travelled down to Plymouth where Frantic Assembly‘s production was opening. The show is one of the darkest I have photographed (literally, if not metaphorically) but the results are suitably atmospheric for such an eerie and haunting play.
All the performances were excellent, including Eileen Walsh as Marianne.
Richard Mylan played Ollie.
Christopher Colquhoun was Joff and Maud was played by Penny Layden
The Believers is currently in London at the Tricycle Theatre, it has had some great reviews and I would thoroughly recommend it – the themes stayed with me long after I left the auditorium. The set design is fantastic with the sort of inventive, dynamic staging you would expect from director Scott Graham. I also took the promotional photograph for the posters, currently on display around the theatre.
April 20th, 2014 by Helen
Earlier this year I was asked to take rehearsal photographs for the new West End musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
The show stars Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound as conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson. Samantha Bond plays Muriel Eubanks and her love interest is John Marquez.
The show is directed by Jerry Mitchell and is a lot of fun. It has opened at the Savoy Theatre in London and if you are looking for a great evening out I can definitely recommend it.
March 27th, 2014 by Helen
In January I took production photographs for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells in London.
Liam Mower was making his debut as The Prince.
Ashley Shaw with her axe having just slain the troll.
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Tom Clark as one of the swans.
Liam Mower with Christopher Trenfield as The Swan
I cannot recommend Swan Lake highly enough. Liam Mower and Christopher Trenfield were superb as doomed lovers and were supported by an excellent cast including a brilliant Sara Cormack as The Queen. The production is currently on tour across the UK and overseas, and is understandably getting rave reviews. To buy tickets please take a look at the website.
February 27th, 2014 by Helen
Here are some images I took for Soho Theatre’s The One. I was asked to photograph a poster image, and then take some portraits of the cast and creatives for general promotional use.
It was a very cold afternoon in January, we started in the studio at the theatre before heading outside for the portraits. We finished on a rooftop with a fantastic view of London. The play stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rufus Wright and Lu Corfield. The play, directed by Steve Marmion and written by Vicky Jones, has received excellent reviews and is running until 30th March.
December 13th, 2013 by Helen
In October I was commissioned to take rehearsal photographs for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in East London.
The ballet famously features male swans. Watching them rehearse felt like a privileged experience, professional dancers always make the performance appear effortless on stage, but in rehearsal you can see the concentration, expertise and sheer physicality the performance requires. The dancers drip with sweat as they are put through their paces, they gasp for breath as they put their heart and soul into every move. I was sitting at the very front and despite having a camera between me and the action I was surprised by how much the emotions affected me. The swans were so fierce, and the scenes towards the end are so emotional, I felt myself welling up in the final few moments.
Above, Jonathan Ollivier‘s Swan stands over Sam Archer‘s The Prince.
Michela Meazza (the Queen) holds Sam Archer (the Prince).
I cannot recommend Swan Lake highly enough, it is currently showing at Sadler’s Wells until January 26th when it goes on a national and international tour.
December 10th, 2013 by Helen
Here are some of the production photographs I took for Matilda the Musical in the summer.
A perfectly menacing Alex Gaumond was making his debut as the horrible Miss Trunchbull.
James Clyde is the new Mr Wormwood.
Lollie McKenzie one of the four young actresses playing the eponymous heroine.
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Miss Honey is played by the brilliant Haley Flaherty.
I have said it before on this blog, and at the risk of repeating myself I’ll say it again, Matilda is one of the best shows in the West End. Tim Minchin‘s score is so catchy that I always come out of the Matilda shoots with the songs stuck in my head for days, and the script is funny and inventive. The new cast are uniformly excellent. But don’t trust my opinion, there are so many excellent reviews out there.
December 2nd, 2013 by Helen
It’s nearing Christmas which means it’s time for Panto (Oh no it isn’t. Oh yes it is.) Back in October the Lyric Hammersmith asked me in to take some promotional images of the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk. Stevie Webb plays Sprout, Rochelle Rose is Jack and Howard Ward makes his Dame-debut as Moreen Dripp.
Lyric Hammersmith made a video to promote the show during my photoshoot, so if you want to see some interviews with the cast (and a bit of me shooting the actors) then take a look: