Theatre Photography Cambridge – The Addams Family Dress Rehearsal
I love taking pictures at dress rehearsals. There’s the tension and nerves, with people distracting themselves by listening to music or playing with their phones. There are mirrors creating interesting compositions. Hairspray and talcum powder help to create a ghoulish atmosphere, not to mention the entire cast being dressed in character. This leads towards nice moments like Lurch discussing stage direction and lighting, or Uncle Fester hovering over the sound engineers in the auditorium. There’s also the fun of taking pictures of the dress rehearsal itself, which is an explosion of colour and sound nearing its zenith. I like the contrast between the calmness of the black and white images and the intensity of the show images.
This is the culmination of a years work with cast members from the original show by Wilburton Theatre Group. Due to its success it was then taken to the ADC by Cambridge Theatre Group. Both theatre groups have upcoming shows – WTG is starting rehearsals for Big Fish, which is the musical adaptation of the film. CTC will be presenting Spamalot, the Monty Python musical, later this year.
Addams Family is currently in the middle of its run, and has so far been met with rave reviews and sellout crowds. Unfortunately for those without tickets, there are only a very limited numbers of tickets available from 1pm on the door, and these are going pretty much straight away. For those with tickets, you can look forward to a great show. If you’re going on Friday, I’ll see you there!
You can call up the ADC on 01223 300085, or alternatively visit their website if you wish to try your luck with the remaining tickets. If you would like to take part in a future show, you could also ‘like’ the Wilburton Theatre Group page to keep yourself informed of any upcoming opportunities.
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I had the great pleasure of finishing the year with a London wedding in a venue which feels like a well-kept secret. David and Frances got married on the 5th December in the Barbican Conservatory, which looks like a multiple story car park on acid. Don’t let that analogy put you off though! The conservatory is huge and surrounded in glass, and is home to 2,000 species of tropical plant. The result of this is to have walls of plant life that rise up and surround the wedding party from all angles.
The day started at Frances’ house getting ready. The bridesmaids had a great time practicing the walk down the isle and sipping Procecco. Frances showed very little nerves and looked amazing in her dress. One of my favourite photos is when she left the house and a gust of wind blew the veil around her.
Meanwhile, David was preparing the venue decorations with a meticulous eye for detail, and the results were impressive. Beautiful paper lanterns adorned the Garden Room and the table decorations, which included children’s books that were a nod to Frances’ job working for a book publisher.
The ceremony was as dramatic as you would expect from getting married in what amounted to a compacted jungle, and finished just before it got dark. After the canapés and group shots, the speeches began and all speakers acquitted themselves very well. The two best men had lovely and quite different speeches, one of which included a ‘fill in the blanks’ exercise, asking the guests to improvise his speech, which was a first for me and very funny!
The day ended with a rainbow coloured disco and some impressive dance moves. One of the best men even brought his dancing shoes and showed the other guests how it’s done.
David and Frances, thank you for a wonderful day in an extraordinary venue, and all the best for 2016!
London Wedding – David & Frances, The Barbican, 5th December 2015.