‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

Here are photos from the dress rehearsal for ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore. Lots of blood and sex, and they also have a pig’s heart to top it off. The play is directed by Laura Batey and Bea Svistunenko and plays this week at the ADC.

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Julia Kass singing. This is a typically difficult scene to get the light well exposed, since Julia is so close to the bright spotlight, while the rest of the cast are in the shadows.
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Emma Blacklay-Piech, with Gabriel Cagan and Sam Keen. Backlit smoke with coloured spotlights look really good. This photo did not need much post processing at all, just a little bit of sharpening and tweaking of the curves.
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Alice Carlil and Julia Kass, with Tom Chamberlain and Will Chappell. By having the women in the background sharp, and more brightly lit, they become the focus of the photo.
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Julia Kass and Tom Chamberlain. The set was in two levels, to get this shot I had snuck up past the safety curtain.
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Martha Murphy singing at the bar, while the brother and sister were getting frisky in the bed in the background.
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Emma Blacklay-Piech and Nicholas Hulbert.
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Jack Parham and Rose Reade.
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Alice Carlill and Julia Kass in bed. Again, smoke and backlight. The play had a live band that was sitting on the top level just behind the actresses. I removed them using Photoshop to make the photo visually simpler.
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Gabriel Cagan with Laura Waldren and Martha Murphy in the background.
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Laura with her signature tear on the cheek.
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Laura with Robbie Taylor Hunt in the background.
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Silas Lee and Martha Murphy.
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Tom and Julia smooching. Notice that in addition to the white light from the front there is an orange warm light giving them a bit of highlights on their hair.
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Julia really does not like all the suitors she is getting.
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Will Chappell and Julia Kass.
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There were lots of knife fights and blood in this well choreographed play.
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Jack, Rose, Silas and Martha. This is a composite shot of there photos to get everyone sharp since I shot it with a large aperture.

 

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Laura and Robbie, and a bit of blue backlight.
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Another composite shot. Second version, thanks to Nicholas for spotting the mistake in the composite.
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Laura throwing up on stage. I like Robbie’s gesture, with the arm extended towards Laura.
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It got really messy. Here I am trying to capture the reactions of the people around her.
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Silas being the gentleman offering to take over the cleaning.
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Pregnant?! Gabriel’s character does not like that.
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They made good use of all the cigaret smoke. Only downside was my sweater was stinking when I got home but the photos came out very nicely.
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Troubled words. I am slightly curious what the note said. You can make out some of the words on the original photo if you flip it horizontally: “I’m writing to you in my own blood as I could not find any ink…” I think that pretty much sums up the play.
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They had plenty of blood packs in the play, that added to the realism.
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Emma and Tom. That is a real pig’s heart.
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Tom and Robbie in the final scene.

Read the Varsity review (5/5), The Tab review and The Cambridge Student review (7/10). More photos to come later… in the meantime you can find your tickets on the ADC webpage.

– Johannes

 

Cast
Florio – Emma Blacklay-Piech
Annabella – Julia Kass
Giovanni – Tom Chamberlain
Friar Bonaventura – Will Chappell
Putana – Alice Carlill
Soranzo – Gabriel Cagan
Richardetto – Silas Lee
Hippolita – Laura Waldren
Philotis – Martha Murphy
Donado – Nicholas Hulbert
Bergetto – Jack Parham
Poggio – Rose Reade
Grimaldi – Sam Keen
Vasques – Robbie Taylor Hunt

Production Team
Producer – Johannes Ruckstuhl
Assistant Director – Bea Svistunenko
Director – Laura Batey
Set Designer – Emily Newton
Costume Designer – Jessie Mathewson
Lighting Designer – Bethany Craik
Technical Director – David Stansby
Musical Director – Alex Maynard
Deputy Stage Manager – Hannah Edwards
CLX – Tom Johnson
Assistant Stage Manager – Amy Carmichael
Fight Choreography – Robbie Taylor Hunt, Bea Svistunenko
Hair and Makeup – Emily Ranken
Production Photographer – Johannes Hjorth

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