Photography | Love’s Labours Lost

Summer in Northampton Theatre means it’s time for Masque Theatre’s Summer Shakespeare. This year is the turn of the lesser performed comedy – Love’s Labours Lost – in the stunning courtyard at Abington Park Museum

When Masque Chair and local legend Tamsyn Payne asked if I’d be up for shooting the production photos for the show I leapt at the chance! Not only is the space glorious and steeped in Shakespearean history, but Masque are renowned for putting on beautiful productions there.

It was also a nerve wracking prospect! Previous photos are amazing, so it’s a lot to live up to, plus the cast includes some of my favourite local performers.

I’m really pleased with how they’ve come out. I don’t think I’ll ever leave a shoot feeling totally satisfied that I’ve captured everything I wanted to – and there were certainly bits of the show that I didn’t catch – but the joy of being at both the tech and dress rehearsals mean I was prepared for a few key moments!

Editing wise they’ve barely been re-touched, just a little clarity boost in Lightroom. I’m sure there’s more I could do with them, but I prefer a natural look for theatre where possible.

Abington Park Museum has a pretty awesome Shakespeare connection – Shakespeare’s Grand-daughter Elizabeth Hall lived there in the 1660s when it was a manor house.

The show is a totally new take on the text, which is one of the less well knows, and most rarely performed, of Shakespeare’s plays, and this version includes, of all things, the Galaxy Song from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life and Margaret Thatcher!

Loves Labours Lost runs from 25 July to 3 August 2019 in Abington Park Museum. Tickets on the door each evening from 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm. For more information, visit www.masquetheatre.co.uk

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