Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies

July 15th, 2014 by Helen

Lord of the Flies at The Lowry

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.

One of the young cast members runs onto the stage

Sam Archer on the shoulders of the cast

 

Layton Williams and other cast members in Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

A yong cast member holds a spear

The cast of Lord of the Flies

Danny Reubens and other cast members

 

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Sikh Wedding

June 24th, 2014 by Helen

Arriving on horse-back for the wedding

One of the great things about photographing weddings is the opportunity to experience different cultures and religions up close and behind the scenes. I have shot many different weddings but I had never photographed a Sikh wedding until I was asked by Aziz Khan, owner of Muse Motion Pictures to second shoot for him. Aziz is one of the UK’s best wedding photographers and he has a lot of experience photographing Sikh weddings and so it was fantastic to shoot with such a talented and knowledgeable photographer. The wedding was in Leicester and with 800 guests was comfortably the largest wedding I have ever photographed. Aziz covered the bride, so it was my job to capture the groom and his family. I started at his home at 6am where the groom and his brothers were having their turbans put on. I then followed the day, from the grooms arrival at the temple on horseback, to the actual wedding ceremony itself (a very emotional time as this is officially when the bride leaves her family) to the reception which featured some of the biggest names in the Punjabi music scene and finally back to the grooms house. It was an amazing, beautiful, emotional and somewhat tiring day, and a big thank you to Aziz for giving me the opportunity to experience it. Here are some of my photos.

Putting on the young brother's turban

Putting on the young brother's turban

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The groom putting on his turban for his wedding

The groom putting on his turban for his wedding

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Portrait of the groom

 

Portrait of the groom

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The Sikh wedding ceremony

The Sikh wedding ceremony

The Sikh wedding ceremony

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The First Dance

The First Dance Dancing at the wedding Dancing at the wedding

Dancing at the wedding

Sikh Wedding

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Dancing at the wedding Sikh Wedding Dancing at the wedding

Dancing at the wedding

Sikh Wedding

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Lyric Hammersmith – Secret Theatre

June 12th, 2014 by Helen

Tour flyer for the Lyric Hammersmith's Secret Theatre

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:

Promotional photograph of The Secret Theatre

 

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The Believers

May 23rd, 2014 by Helen

Production photography for The Believers

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.

Eileen Walsh as Marianne in The Believers

All the performances were excellent, including Eileen Walsh as Marianne.

Richard Mylan as Ollie

Richard Mylan played Ollie.

Christopher Colquhoun as Joff in The Believers

Christopher Colquhoun was Joff and Maud was played by Penny Layden

Penny Layden with Richard Mylan in the background Frantic Assembly

Eileen Walsh and Christopher Colquhoun

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.

Poster for Frantic Assembly's 'The Believers'

 

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels rehearsal photographs

April 20th, 2014 by Helen

Rufus Hound rehearsing his role as Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Earlier this year I was asked to take rehearsal photographs for the new West End musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Robert Lindsay rehearsing his role as Lawrence Jameson in 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.

Samantha Bond as Muriel Eubanks and John Marquez as Andre Thibault

A wide photograph of the cast rehearsing for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound rehearsing in London The ensemble rehearse Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Director Jerry Mitchell

In rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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.

Director Jerry Mitchell shares a joke with Robert Lindsay

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

March 27th, 2014 by Helen

Christopher Trenfield as The Swan in Swan Lake

In January I took production photographs for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells in London.

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Liam Mower as The Prince, with members the palace staff

Liam Mower was making his debut as The Prince.

Ashley Shaw in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Ashley Shaw with her axe having just slain the troll.

Liam Mower as The Prince Andy Monaghan in Swan Lake Swan Lake Swan Lake - Swans attacking The Prince

Jamie-Emma McDonald and Christopher Trenfield in Swan Lake The Swans  Iván Delgado del Río PJ Hurst as a swan

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Tom Clark as a swan in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Tom Clark as one of the swans.

Liam Mower and Christopher Trenfield as The Prince and The Swan

Liam Mower with Christopher Trenfield as The Swan

The Prince and The Queen

Sara Cormack and Liam Mower in Swan Lake Graham Kotowich, Sara Cormack, Liam Mower,  Carrie Johnson and Tim Hodges. The male Swans Liam Mower and Christopher Trenfield in Swan Lake Katrina Lyndon in Swan Lake

Swan Lake - Christopher Trenfield leaps through the air

The Swans

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.

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The One poster and promotional photographs

February 27th, 2014 by Helen

The poster for Soho Theatre's 'The One'

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.

Steve Marmion, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rufus Wright, Lu Corfield and Vicky Jones The cast of The One at Soho Theatre Portrait of Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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.

 

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Swan Lake rehearsal photographs

December 13th, 2013 by Helen

The Swans

In October I was commissioned to take rehearsal photographs for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in East London.

The swans reahersal for Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

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.

Jonathan Ollivier (The Swan) protects Sam Archer's Prince Rehearsals for Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Luke Jackson rehearsing for Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Jonathan Ollivier as The Swan and Sam Archer as The Prince

Above, Jonathan Ollivier‘s Swan stands over Sam Archer‘s The Prince.

Sam Archer (The Prince) and Michela Meazza (The Queen)

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.

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Matilda the Musical

December 10th, 2013 by Helen

Produciton photograph for Matilda the Musical

Here are some of the production photographs I took for Matilda the Musical in the summer.

Elise Blake as Matilda with Alex Gaumond as Miss Trunchbull

A perfectly menacing Alex Gaumond was making his debut as the horrible Miss Trunchbull.

RSC's Matilda the Muscial

James Clyde as Mr Wormwood

James Clyde is the new Mr Wormwood.

Lollie McKenzie plays Matilda

Lollie McKenzie one of the four young actresses playing the eponymous heroine.

The young cast of RSC's Matilda the Muscial Matilda the Musical Kay Murphy (Mrs Wormwood) and Joshua Lay (Rudolpho) James Clyde as Mr Wormwood

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Lollie McKenzie as Matilda and Haley Flaherty as Miss Honey

Miss Honey is played by the brilliant Haley Flaherty.

Matilda

Lisa Davina Phillip as Mrs Phelps The older cast members swing through the air on the swings in Matilda the Musical Matilda

Lollie McKenzie as Matilda and Haley Flaherty as Miss Honey

The young cast of Matilda the Musical

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.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

December 2nd, 2013 by Helen

Stevie Webb, Howard Ward and Rochelle Rose in costume.

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.

Howard Ward as Moreen Dripp in Jack and the Beanstalk Rochelle Rose as Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk Stevie Webb as Sprout in Jack and the Beanstalk

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:

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