Night Watch

Yesterday I went to Fulbourn to photograph St John’s Players’ production of Night Watch by Lucille Fletcher. The play is directed by David Morris and produced by Kieron Toner. It tells the story of Elaine Wheeler who during a thunderstorm sees a dead man in the window of a nearby building, this sets of a chain reaction of events where her mental health is put in question. The theatre play was remade into a movie in 1973 with Elizabeth Taylor in the main role (Wikipedia).

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Elaine has just seen a dead man in the window, her husband has a look, but the man is already gone. They had placed a LED lamp that could change colours behind the window, providing an atmospheric blue tone. Kieron Toner (as John Wheeler) and Fay Childs (as Elaine Wheeler).
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When photographing theatre I am trying to vary the angles, to make it more visually interesting. Even though none of their faces are directly visible in this photo it serves to introduce Zuzana’s character. In this photo Fay Childs, Kieron Toner and Zuzana Holubcova.
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The nosy neighbour appears and wants some comments for his newspaper. Here I am trying to line up their faces, and as a bonus the painting on the wall. Ian Toombs, Kieron Toner and Fay Childs.
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Jody Deacon as Blanche Cooke, Elaine’s best friend.
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Ian Toombs
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I am trying to pick photos that bring the story forward, or show how the characters are handling the situation they are thrown into. Fay Childs, Kieron Toner and Jody Deacon.
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Elaine has a fever. Fay Childs and Jody Deacon.
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Calling the police. Fay Childs, Jody Deacon and Kieron Toner.
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The police investigate, but there is nothing they can find in the building. Dean Ward, Jody Deacon and Fay Childs.
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Note the servant in the background listening in on the conversation. Jody Deacon, Zuzana Holubcova, Kieron Toner, Dean Ward and Fay Childs.
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Kieron Toner, Fay Childs and Jody Deacon.
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Zuzana Holubcova and Fay Childs.
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Helga’s mum is sick and it troubles her. Zuzana Holubcova and Kieron Toner.
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Fay Childs and Kieron Toner.
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Fay Childs, Kieron Toner and Jody Deacon.
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The blond wig brings back unpleasant memories of Elaine’s dead husband and his lover. Fay Childs, Jody Deacon and Kieron Toner.
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Fay Childs, Kieron Toner and Jody Deacon.
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Fay Childs and Kieron Toner.
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Things are escalating. Fay Childs and Kieron Toner.
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The famous Dr Tracey Lake, insomnia expert, gets called in. Fay Childs, Kieron Toner and Barbara Oxley.
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Kieron Toner and Jody Deacon.
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The director enters stage for a moment. Kieron Toner, Jody Deacon, Zuzana Holubcova and David Morris.
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Snapping a photo of Fay Childs in the break between acts.
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Fay Childs and Barbara Oxley.
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Fay Childs and Jody Deacon.
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Fay Childs, Barbara Oxley, Jody Deacon and Kieron Toner.
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Kieron Toner and Jody Deacon. A behind-the-scenes photo when the intended blackout did not materialise itself.
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Something dodgy is going on, John wants his wife to sign some papers. Fay Childs, Zuzana Holubcova and Kieron Toner.
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Ian Toombs and Kieron Toner.
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The police are back, and they are not happy about it. Fay Childs, Zuzana Holubcova, Dean Ward and Tom Bonser.
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Suspicion, Fay Childs and Jody Deacon.
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Fay Childs and Kieron Toner.
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Fay Childs and Picasso.
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Fay Childs and Kieron Toner.
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Fay Childs
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Kieron Toner
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Fay Childs
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Fay Childs makes one last call.

You can find more theatre related blog posts if you have a look at the Theatre category. There is also a blog post from The Deep Blue Sea set up by St John’s Players last year.

– Johannes

 

Cast
Elaine Wheeler – Fay Childs
John Wheeler – Kieron Toner
Helga – Zuzana Holubcova
Vanelli – Tom Bonser
Curtis Appleby – Ian Toombs
Blanche Cooke – Jody Deacon
Walker – Dean Ward
Dr Tracey Lake – Barbara Oxley
Sam Hoke – David Morris

Production Team
Director – David Morris
Producer – Kieron Toner

Unfortunately I could not find the stage, light and sound people credited on their webpage.

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