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Baby/Lon

Welcome to a rather brilliant production – with a rather exciting cast – and an even more amazing raison d’etre.

The Big House Theatre Company provides an expressive platform for care leavers who risk falling foul of social exclusion. The company is fronted by Maggie Norris, an extraordinarily enthusiastic and determined woman on a mission to ensure these individuals have a voice.

In fact, their most recent production, Baby/Lon, is based on the experiences of the cast, which only adds to the intensity and power of the play, really!

I was asked to shoot some individual shots of the cast in situ. The light was low, eratic, time minimal and the cast ever-so-slightly ruffled after five days of continuous performing…but…it was great fun and an absolute pleasure.

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Leave the old lady alone: Abusing the thespians

Tailored shooting; it’s not a perfect science.

When taking photographs, I try to fashion my style to suit the subject. If I am to shoot a little, rather sweet looking old lady, I would refrain from rushing her and blasting away willy-nilly. Rehearsing drama students, well, they’re an entirely different story. I am not rude, nor abusively intrusive – but I am in their faces. At the end of the day, they’re used to the limelight and the setting has an air of professionalism; there is a job to do and that has to be appreciated by both parties. That said, I am always conscious of the potential “Fuck off!” echoing about the corners on a slight whisper.

The following photos have been taken over a number of years – three to be exact. Split over four different plays, the images have been used to fill pages of programmes, adorn notice boards and promote the good work of Queen Mary’s drama students.

Cameron is my contact ¬†and he is someone I consider to be incredibly hard working and determined. I am always impressed by the productions and it has inspired an interest never before considered at length – going to the theatre. I always thought myself a philistine…perhaps things are looking up.

Welcome to Queen Mary University’s drama team

Cameron

The Merchant of Venice

Judgement Day

The Dumb Waiter

Comic Potential

Warming up

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Playtime launch

Located on Islington Green, a few steps from Upper Street, Playtime is a swish cocktail bar offering a fine selection of drinks and an even more impressive selection of interior design and art.

This Thursday, the venue played host to a private gathering of friends, notables and press to celebrate the new artwork exhibited by Robert Gordon McHarg III; Gordon is perhaps best known for his quirky Subway Gallery found in Edgware Road tube station. The bar looks cool, feels trendy and the cocktails, superb.

A Bloc Party DJ set, a hula hooper, and an intervention group of semi-clad, cross-era swimmers entertained the ‘cocktailed’ guests with zest and zeal – all were contented.

http://www.playtimebar.com/

And this is how it all appeared to me:

It’s a venue worthy of a visit.

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Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Dear Diary

Two events this week; two weeks of university remain.

As the exam season peaks, invaluable opportunities seem to increase ten-fold. It’s a troubling, yet brilliantly optimistic period for me to be me; two important exams loiter close-by, and all I feel for doing, is throwing myself to the winds of enterprise and employment. I must prioritize, but this is a skill yet to establish itself in my cognitive meanderings – may I reiterate, ‘yet’ to establish.

Monday saw the opening of an exhibition in Super Superficial, Covent Garden. Dear Diary was the title, and down the stairs and into the basement, white-washed walls played host to a plethora of diaries and diary entries – from the notable Sylvia Plath and Kurt Cobain, to the unsung champions of Kenyan slums. It was most definitely an immersive collection of experience and raw memory – both light-hearted, and heart-wrenching.

Thursday was a night to remember, and for many of the readers who took part, a night that would see them relocated to detached pasts – recalling former loves, hates, and antics. Hoxton Hall, in all its Victorian grandeur, was the venue, and the likes of Henry Holland, Alexa Chung, and Suede’s Brett Anderson and many others were the participants. It was an evening of hysterics, palatable humiliation and some really quite introspective pondering.

Monday’s photos will be up soon.

Ctrl.Alt.Shift website:

http://www.ctrlaltshift.co.uk/article/dear-diary

Enter Thursday

The infamous 'Diary' bedroom

Mr Henry Holland

Brett Anderson

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