The Coalition

Today I went to the Homerton Auditorium to photograph two dress rehearsals. The first one was The Coalition, which is a play about the present day politicians in the UK.

When David Cameron finds out he hasn’t won a majority in the 2010 election, one of the most turbulent terms in British politics ensues. His unlikely partnership with Nick Clegg witnesses riots on the streets of London, sexy scandals, and the Green Party’s disillusionment culminating in a terrorist attack which irrevocably shakes the country. A satire of our perception of politics. A once-in-a-Cambridge-lifetime opportunity to satirise and reflect on our political culture following an election!

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A quick portrait before the play starts. Elena Violaris depicting Caroline Lucas.
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How should we form the government? David Cameron has a think. Ethan Axelrod, William Sorflaten and Michael Tigchelaar.
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A coalition with Lib Dem, that is the solution! Here Adam Butler-Rushton as Nick Clegg.
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Let’s shake on it. Michael Tigchelaar and Adam Butler-Rushton
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Enter the green party, who has a radical new idea how to make everyone recycle. Elena Violaris.
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A cozy dinner at home with mum. Matt Weinberger, Elinor Lipman and Elliott Wright.
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Labour is ready for the fight. Elliott Wright
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Lib Dem just got shafted, tuition fees are getting raised. Adam Butler-Rushton.
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Boris on the table. Ben Chapple and Ethan Axelrod.
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You can not do this. It will be political suicide for us… Adam Butler-Rushton and Michael Tigchelaar.
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Meanwhile, the green party has a change of leadership. Elena Violaris and Elinor Lipman
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I am in charge now! Elinor Lipman (as Natalie Bennett) is the new boss of the green party. Georgia Turner, Elinor Lipman, Elena Violaris and Keir Baker.
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Let’s continue with the same plan… Georgia Turner, Elinor Lipman, and Keir Baker
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Not sure what they were doing here. Keir Baker, Elinor Lipman and Georgia Turner.
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Political Q&A in Cambridge. Matt Weinberger, Ethan Axelrod, Will Dalrymple, Patrick Wilson, Elinor Lipman and James Jarvis.
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Patrick Wilson, Elinor Lipman and James Jarvis
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Russel Brand rambling on. Matt Weinberger, Will Dalrymple and Patrick Wilson.
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Adam Butler Rushton and Michael Tigchelaar
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Michael Tigchelaar and Adam Butler-Rushton.
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Michael Tigchelaar and Adam Butler-Rushton.
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Keir Baker, Georgia Turner and Elinor Lipman.
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Michael Tigchelaar
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Deepening the alliance. Adam Butler-Rushton and Michael Tigchelaar.
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More Q & A with Patrick Wilson.
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Lib Dem in bed with Tories. Michael Tigchelaar and Adam Butler-Rushton.
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Happy couple. Michael Tigchelaar and Adam Butler-Rushton.
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Patrick Wilson
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The green party stage a violent attack on UKIP and Lib Dem. Elinor Lipman
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Adam Butler-Rushton and Elinor Lipman
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Michael Tigchelaar and Adam Butler-Rushton
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Matt Weinberger, Ethan Axelrod, Elliot Wright, Patrick Wilson, Georgia Turner, Will Dalrymple and James Jarvis.
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Ethan Axelrod, Elliot Wright and Patrick Wilson.
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Patrick Wilson
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Will Dalrymple and James Jarvis
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Michael Tigchelaar
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There are four little movie clips shown during the play. Here depicting the romance between the two parties. Michael Tigchelaar and Adam Butler-Rushton.
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After the new election the Lib Dem is decimated. Michael Tigchelaar, Adam Butler-Rushton and Keir Baker on the piano.
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You knew this would happen all along! Michael Tigchelaar and Adam Butler-Rushton.

 

Cast
David Cameron – Michael Tigchelaar
Boris Johnson – Ben Chapple
Ed Miliband – Elliott Wright
George Osborne – William Sorflaten
David Dimbleby – Patrick Wilson
The angry looking gentleman over there – Jonathan Shamir
The gentleman in the spectacles – Jonty Leibowitz
Natalie Bennett – Elinor Lipman
Caroline Lucas – Elena Violaris
Russell Brand – Will Dalrymple
Vince Cable/Crony 2/Person 2 – Keir Baker
Theresa May – Ethan Axelrod
Nick Clegg – Adam Butler-Rushton
Nigel Farage – James Jarvis
Billy Bragg/ David Miliband – Matt Weinberger
Nicola Sturgeon, Owen Jones, Crony 1, Person 1 -Georgia Turner

Production Team
Writer – Jonathan Shamir
Director – Jonathan Shamir
Assistant Director – Jonty Leibowitz
Co-producer – Michael Tigchelaar, Ceylon Hickman
Costume Designer – Anna Bockmuehl
LIGHT DUDE – Johnny King
Sound designer – Eleanor Coxall
Composer – Keir Baker
Set Designer – Alexander Ilija Cole

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