Making an exhibition of myself

September 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Good evening. My resolution to maintain weekly blog updates has slipped a little (it would be an exaggeration to say I've been inundated with pleas for this to be rectified, but we'll persevere anyway). So here is the latest update on recent goings on...

The opportunity has arisen for me to put on an exhibition of 14/48 photos at the Leicester home of the theatre festival - The Y Theatre (www.leicesterymca.co.uk/y-theatre.php), as it was my last exhibition at The Y that led to me getting involved with 14/48, and all the throughly exciting happening's since, this seemed like a jolly good idea. Having spent some time trying to decide what format would best suit the space, and how many pictures to get printed etc. I have set about selecting the 20 images that will make up this exhibition, a fairly simple sounding process I'm sure you'll agree. However the process so far has driven me to whole new levels of crazy! Across the four events I've photographed so far this year I've managed to amass a hell of a lot of photos that I'm really happy with. Trying to pare this down to 20 and still get across the spirit of the event, include as many participants as possible and also exhibit shots that will appeal to people not already involved with the festival has proved rather a mammoth challenge. I have successfully organised a couple of test prints so that's a good start, and my selection is down to 25...

Whilst it's been a bit nuts going though the back catalogue of images, I have been reassured by how happy I still am with the shots. I've never really enjoyed revisiting photos that I've taken, often finding that I just spot mistakes and things that I would have liked to have done differently. However the 14/48 shots stood up really well to my own slightly obsessive scrutiny! As much as anything this is testament to the source material and the truly herculean effort put in by all involved to make the events such a huge success. As it stands I'm not sure which direction the final exhibition will take, but if I can even come close to capturing and expressing the splendid atmosphere and sheer mind-bending quality of the performances then that'll do for me. Below are a couple of my current faves from the extensive reviewing sessions

So, the exhibition (assuming I can actually make my mind up on the pictures) will be on in The Y Theatre Bar throughout October, further info to follow.

In other exciting news, I went along to Fearon Hall in Loughborough (conveniently located close to my house) to photograph the dress rehearsal of Chorus Theatre's (www.chorustheatre.co.uk) production of Gulliver's Travels. It would be fair to say that putting on re-telling of this epic tale with a cast of three over less than one and a half hours was ambitious, and I wasn't sure what to expect. But I have to say it was a genuinely inventive, fast-paced, engaging and witty production that made excellent use of the considerable talent of the three performers along with some inspired props (a purple fur coat, a squeaky lamb chop, a plastic bunch of flowers...I could go on, and on). Anybody watching the ensuing performances will have been swept along on Gulliver's incredible journey to far-flung lands, portrayed using a wide range of theatrical techniques.

This is the third time this year I've been to a show aimed primarily at a younger audience, the previous being Enter Edem's Origins (www.enteredem.co.uk) and Spark Arts' A Boy and a Bear in a Boat (http://thesparkarts.co.uk) and I've been blown away by all three. The fact that exciting, engaging theatre for children, of such a high standard, is being produced can only be a good thing. In an era where so much entertainment for children comes fully formed: computer games, films, tv etc. theatre really has a unique place in offering works that encourage the use of imagination and take audiences on wonderful flights of fancy, as well as helping to bring literature to life on stage. I'd recommend checking out works by any of these groups if you get the opportunity.

That bout rounds out recent events, I shall endeavour to do some more good stuff so that I can write about it! Here's some pics from Gulliver's travels, there's more in the performance gallery

Gulliver's TravelsGulliver's TravelsDress Rehearsal of Chorus Theatre's production of Gulliver's Travels, Fearon Hall, Loughborough. Gulliver's TravelsGulliver's TravelsDress Rehearsal of Chorus Theatre's production of Gulliver's Travels, Fearon Hall, Loughborough. Gulliver's TravelsGulliver's TravelsDress Rehearsal of Chorus Theatre's production of Gulliver's Travels, Fearon Hall, Loughborough.

Gulliver's TravelsGulliver's TravelsDress Rehearsal of Chorus Theatre's production of Gulliver's Travels, Fearon Hall, Loughborough.


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