Yesterday I met up with the cast of The Hen Comes Out of the Yard after their late night performance at the Corpus Playroom. We had planned to do a quick photo shoot with a few selected scenes from the play, but it turned into a two-hour session.
The play by Sun-mi Hwang, has been translated and adapted by Min Ji Choi. From Camdram:
This is the story of a hen named Sprout. No longer content to lay eggs on command only to have them carted off to the market, she glimpses her future every morning through the barn doors, where the other animals roam free, and an acacia tree blooms. She comes up with a plan to escape into the wild—and to hatch an egg of her own. An anthem for freedom, individuality and motherhood featuring a plucky, spirited heroine who rebels against the dogmatised world of the barnyard and embraces her perils with love, ‘the hen comes out of the yard’ is a story of universal resonance that is a reflection on society, nature and the world at large.
Here is a selection of the photos from our photo shoot. I got help from Wendy to write the captions of the first set of photos.
“If I can’t lay an egg, what’s the point of my life?”
After finishing photographing the scenes the cast switched back into goofing off mode.
It was fun to photograph the play, but I really liked how we switched gear and got really creative once the first part was done. Many thanks to the cast and crew for a fun evening!
Producer – Sebastian Constantine
Director – Min Ji Choi
Associate Director – Nicholas Ashurst
Technical Director, Script Advisor – Eli Keren
Set Advisor – Emily Larcombe
Stage Manager – Miz Hashimoto
Composer – Marcus Martin
Photographer – Johannes Hjorth