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Hurry along to ‘Charming Dick’ at the Cockpit theatre. It’s billed as an adult pantomime and is absolutely filthy but there are all the elements of a good pantomime with audience participation, sing alongs and prizes.
There are the usual suspects – A dame, magnificently played by Tim McArthur in a range of ever more outrageous gowns, the evil witch played by Matthew Jones with the most amazing prosthetic nose, a hancome prince in Stewart Briggs, and the not as innocent as he looks Dick played by Alistair Frederick who comes from a place called Oop North.
Special mention should go to Abigail Carter-Simpson who plays all the other characters including the furniture.
Everyone has a Happy Ending, the witch is transformed, the sisters are reunited and Dick gets his Prince.
Not an easy show to shoot as it is in the round. This means that most of the lighting comes from overhead creating heavy shadows on the actors’ faces. I shot the technical/dress rehearsal where the lighting setup was still being developed so I also shot during the first performance with my camera on silent.
Based on Voltaire’s 1759 novella of the same name, Candide is a masterpiece from the greats of musical theatre. The show combines a beautiful score with a fast-paced, witty book in a joyful and hilarious operetta which as been delighting audiences for 60 years. This 60th Anniversary production is presented by SEDOS at the Bridewell Theatre in The City of London.
All Star Productions presented a new chamber production of Leonard Bernstein’s 1953 musical WONDERFUL TOWN.
The show tells the story of two sisters, Ruth and Eileen, who move from a rural town in Ohio to experience the bright lights, the big city, and the crazy characters of Greenwich Village, New York City. Ruth is an aspiring writer and Eileen is a dancer who wants to pursue a life on stage. One sister can’t find a man no matter what she does, the other can’t keep them away. Together, these two sisters take on the world, pursuing their dreams and finding love along the way.
WONDERFUL TOWN features a bright Leonard Bernstein score, including such classics as A Little Bit in Love, One Hundred Easy Ways to Lose a Man, A Quiet Girl and Ohio.
Presented on a thrust stage the production presented a number of problems including the fact that there were nearly always a row of rather unprepossessing empty chairs behind the actors rather than set. The lighting had to be three dimensional which meant that wherever I shot from there were shadows on some of the actors faces in virtually all the scenes.The splendid dancing was energetic and fast and it was quite difficult to get as far back from the stage as I would have liked to get everyone in.
Some of my images of the Brontes-inspired show WASTED, which was first showcased at BEAM16 and is to be premièred at West Yorkshire Playhouse in October, are featured on the Entertainment & Arts page of the BBC News website.
This award-winning musical, about an Ipswich community healing itself after the murder of five prostitutes, reveals the real-life story of the residents of London Road, the street where serial Killer Steve Wright lived, as they struggle to make sense of the murders and re-build their lives. Discover their stories