my name is David Ovenden and I am a freelance professional photographer providing a wide range of photographic services to individuals and businesses. I specialise in portraits (for social media, family and business), theatre, fashion and commercial photography but I can help you with all your photographic requirements. I offer studio or location shoots, and with my portable studio I can create studio quality shots in your own home, office or at your function. I can cover all areas of London and the South East, or further afield on request.
I was invited to photograph Ellen and Mike’s wedding in St Martin’s Church near Newcastle and the Christening of their youngest son. The Church was beautiful and filled with light and as it was Easter weekend had been specially decorated. I was also able to get some pictures of the happy couple the next day in front of the Tyne Bridge.
The Curtain Up Show on Resonance 104.4fm in association with TodayTix had their pre-Oliviers show live from the Delfont Rooms. Among those appearing were the cast of Half a Sixpence and The Girls as well as Victoria Hamilton-Barritt from Murder Ballad and Michael Xavier from Sunset Boulevard. Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock ran through the runners and riders and gave their predictions as to who deserved to win and who was likely to win.
The MMD/MTN Conference is the UK’s main industry conference focused on musical theatre. It included six case studies of new British musicals and a panel discussion on audience development.
MMD & MTN’s Conference happens just once every two years, on alternate years to BEAM.
“We are pleased to bring you David Ovenden’s great first look production photos released from Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs, making its UK debut at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre.” British Theatre.com
The latest Broadway version of the rarely performed Sondheim musical, an hilarious send-up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, stars Michael Matus and George Rae.
The Frogs, loosely based on a comedy written in 405 BC by Aristophanes, freely adapted for today by Burt Shevelove, and even more freely adapted by Nathan Lane, with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, produced by House on the Hill Productions in association with Jermyn Street Theatre and directed by Grace Wessels.
The show tells the story of Dic Penderyn a Welsh labourer and coal miner who lived in Merthyr Tydfil who was involved with the Merthyr Rising of 3 June 1831. In the course of the riot he was arrested alongside Lewis Lewis, one of the primary figures in the uprising, and charged with stabbing a soldier with a bayonet. The people of Merthyr Tydfil doubted his guilt, and signed a petition for his release. However, he was found guilty and hanged on 13 August. After his death he was treated as a martyr in Merthyr and across Britain.