Crimes of the Heart is another of the many Cambridge plays that will be performed at Edinburgh Fringe this year. It is written by Beth Henley and directed by Katie Woods. I met up with the cast one afternoon for a photoshoot at Queens’ College. There was a group of people from a Law Society having a garden party. Without shame we asked if we could borrow some of their bottles and cakes. We also sourced a blanket, and before long we had turned the photoshoot into a picnic. The story that unfolded told itself.
“I’ve come on home to see about Babe, somebody’s shot Zackery?”
“Oh Meg – Look, it’s Meg! Meg! When did you get home?”
“Listen Lenora, Babe’s gonna be incurring some mighty negative publicity around this town and Meg’s appearance isn’t gonna help out one bit. She was known all over Copiah County as cheap Christmas Trash and that was the least of it!”
“Why, Meg’s always run wild – she started smoking and drinking when she was fourteen years old.”
“Did you hear what I said Little Chicken?”
“I heard it. And don’t you call me Chicken! I’ve told you a hundred times if I’ve told you once not to call me Chicken. Don’t call me chicken!!.”
“All this responsibility keeps falling on my shoulders, and I try to do what’s right”
“I’m thirty today, and my hair is falling in the comb and I can’t have children – so what man can love me?! What man’s gonna love me?”
“I made Lenny cry. I’m upset about it. She’s got a lot on her. Why can’t I keep my mouth shut?”
“Why Lenora how can you be this way? I just get tired of doing more than my fair share, when people like Meg can just disappear where they can’t even be reached in case of emergency!”
“What did you wish for?”
“Well, I guess it wasn’t really a specific wish. I don’t know exactly. It was something about us smiling and laughing together.”
We had a bit of time left, so we decided to do some portraits also. Usually the little stove away places make for the greatest photo spots. A bit of shade, and the ability to get some shadows to shape the face, goes a long way.
Crimes of the Heart will be playing 14-26 August 2017 at Edinburgh Fringe. Many thanks to Hollie, Ellie, Annabel, Katie and Kim for a creative and fun photoshoot!
To see more photos related to the Fringe, check the Edinburgh Fringe tag on the blog.
Lenny – Hollie Witton
Meg – Ellie Cole
Babe – Jasmin Rees
Barnette – Josh McClure
Doc Porter – Noah Geelan
Chick – Annabel Bolton
Director – Katie Woods
Producer – Thomas Warwick
Assistant Director – Faye Guy
Stage Manager – Francesca Cosslett
Set Designer – Anastasia Bruce-Jones
Assistant Stage Manager – Ellie Gaunt
Moral Support/ Proof Reader – Sarah Bull
Photographer – Johannes Hjorth