One of the things I love most about theatre is photographing it! I’ve had the pleasure over the years to shoot numerous shows, from kids doing Oliver to bands and brand new musicals – and now, being involved with amateur dramatics here in Northampton means I get to do a lot more snapping!
Last week, I went along to a rehearsal for Masque Theatre’s “The Dresser” which heads to The Playhouse Theatre, Northampton from 14-18 May.
It’s always an honour to be allowed into the rehearsal space – you get a sneak preview of what’s to come during the performance. Not only that, but an actor in rehearsal is a vulnerable creature – the part is not yet perfected, the lines aren’t quite memorised, the character may not yet be fully formed – so it’s essential to be respectful of their process and to not be too intrusive.
As someone who despises having their own photograph taken, I was amazed at how little the production photography for The Duchess of Malfi bothered me. I was aware the awesome Joe Brown was there snapping away, but once you’re in costume and in character even the sold out audiences aren’t that much of a distraction, it seems!
Rehearsal photography is right up there as one of my favourite things to shoot, and I’m looking forward to doing a great deal more of it in the future!
The Dresser is at The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street, Northampton, from 14-18 May 2019. Visit www.masquetheatre.co.uk to find out more.