Racing Demon get in

This weekend was the get in for Racing Demon, their first access to the stage. They were doing their tech rehearsal in the evening, so I took the chance to get a sneak peek of the play at Corpus Playroom. Things were still organised chaos when I arrived, but after some minor side-tracks, which I was partly responsible for (look for another blog post about that later) the rehearsal started. The stage is not in order, and about half the cast was in costumes, but I am pretty happy with the resulting photos.

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Will Bishop, posing with the decor.
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Amy Malone, reading up on her lines. I was sitting on the floor and decided to see if I could use the chair as a frame. I originally had this photo in an uncropped version, but then instagram forced me to crop it to a square, and I liked what it did to the photo. If you want to compare with the uncropped version, click here.
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The cast of Equus had been up to 5am for their get out and afterparty. Bethan Davidson and Bea Svistunenko sharing a sofa.
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I like to shoot from a low angle to get a dramatic backlighting.
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This is a photo of the wallpaper, but it seems I managed to get the wall out of focus. Luckily there are a few rolls in the front that got sharp. Here Will Bishop and Ronit Wineman.
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Ed Limb in the opening scene of the play.
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Amy as Stella Marr. I like how soft the light is.
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Silas Lee as The Rev Lionel Espy.
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They were perfectly spaced in the background, this photo practically begged to be taken. By taking a few steps to the side everyone’s face became visible. I had to exclude a few people on either side when I was photographing as they did not fit in the frame.
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Heather Fantham as The Rev Donna ‘Streaky’ Bacon. The spotlight on the wall gave a nice halo for her. The light was intended for the cross, but it had not yet been put up, which worked in my favour for this shot.
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Bethan Davidson as a sleepy Heather Espy.
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Amy by the door. The foyer was brighter, and when she opened the door this presented itself. She was a bit quicker than me, so I had to ask her to just take a step back to get this shot.
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The tech rehearsal had lots of jumps and breaks in the play. Heather hugging her jacket is probably not part of the play, but made for a cute photo.
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Abusing the spot lights, shooting from on stage to get this photo of Silas.
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Another dramatic lighting shot. The set had blue and yellow spot lights rigged which complement each other well.
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A split second moment. What did the director just tell Silas?
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The Director.
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Final scene of the play, Oli MacFarlane as The Rev Tony Ferris.
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Another lineup shot, I like that the shadow fits in the gap between the actors.
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“Peer-pressure, peer-pressure…” The theatre world is filled with internal jokes.
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A few final touches to the light by Kathryn Dodds.
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Oli is getting help from Bea in sorting out his clerical collar.

If you want to see more photos from Racing Demon, have a look at the poster photo shoot we did a few weeks back.

-Johannes

 

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