Cambridge Theatre Company’s production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical finished its run last night, and the show has been very well received. Many local reviews were very complimentary, and each night the audience left feeling thoroughly entertained. The cast were given a standing ovation on nearly every night, which sums up the level of the performances last week.
Now that the show is over, here are some photos from before and during the dress rehearsal. I normally throw in a few black and white shots of the cast getting ready, but it seemed wrong to do this with such a colourful show, so I’ve kept them as is.
Journey to the Heart of Fabulous
Charlie and Sara were having difficulty finding a photographer in New York. We’d originally ruled ourselves out of contention as we thought the fact that we live 3000 miles away made it seem unlikely. As well as that we were booked up for that weekend, not realising that Charlie and Sara’s wedding was on the bank holiday Monday. However, as soon as we saw that it was possible, we jumped at the chance to hop across the pond for a whistle-stop wedding tour, and ignored the prospect of horrendous jet lag on the way home!
Charlie and Sara actually got married a year ago, but wanted to wait a year before holding the ceremony in the most dramatic of settings – in front of the New York skyline, nestled between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge in the district of DUMBO (Downtown Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).
The venue was the quirkily named ‘Smack Mellon‘, which is a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to supporting under-recognised women artists through funding and studio residencies. Coincidentally, the street outside the venue was used in the film ‘Once Upon a Time in America‘. The venue is essentially one huge room with massive windows along one side, and an immaculate white plastered wall on the other. The isle was lined by rusted metal pillars, which looked very striking against the polished concrete floor. Once Charlie and Sara exchanged vows, they left for group photos in the park overlooking the New York skyline. One of the most fun aspects for us was to create our own version of the iconic view of the Manhattan Bridge from Washington Street, except with Charlie and Sara throwing shapes in front of it!
I could go on and on writing about all the little details of wedding, but the beauty of photography is that I can just show you instead. Charlie and Sara, thank you for asking me to photograph your wedding in one of the most iconic spots in America!
New York Brooklyn Smack Mellon Wedding
New York Brooklyn Smack Mellon Wedding
Summer is in full swing and with that comes another exciting show from Cambridge Theatre Company (CTC). This year, they have chosen to perform Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know that the show comes with bright and elaborate costumes, and have been combined with exciting and elaborate dance routines to gay anthems.
I was asked to photograph the rehearsals, as well their ‘Priscillian Wax’ event. The aim was to wax cast member’s legs to raise money for the Kite Trust (a local LGBT+ charity), as well as to promote the show. You can still donate money by going to their just giving page. At the time of writing, they have reached 95% of their fundraising goal – so be the one to hit their £200 target!
Priscilla opens next Tuesday at the Great Hall at the Leys, and runs until Saturday 15th July. There are still some tickets on sale, but they’re selling fast so you’ll need to be quick, especially if you want to see a weekend performance.
To pique your interest, here are some photos of the rehearsals and the Priscillian Wax. Enjoy!
Waxing Lyrical about Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Sarah and Doug got married on a gloriously sunny day in May, at St. Clements Church in the heart of Cambridge. One of the interesting things about St. Clements is that this was their first wedding ceremony in over 30 years. They have recently had a refurbishment, and the place looked fantastic, aided by the beautiful decorations and flowers. We would happily recommend the place to prospective wedding couples!
The presiding themes were tea and umbrellas, two quintessentially British items. The backstory is that Sarah and Doug met while working on a production of Singing In The Rain. They got to know each other at the after show party, drinking tea into the small hours. Sarah and Doug both work in theatre, and they had some great ideas about decorations and props, including a tea cannon that exploded confetti!
The reception was held at Childerley Hall, in their aircraft-hanger-sized barn. This was ideal as the reception was an intimate affair with around 50 guests, whereas there were three times as many guests for the evening event. After the dinner, the barn opened up for an energetic and extremely photogenic ceilidh.
The evening was capped off with a hog roast while the sun set over the immaculate gardens, with lilac paper lanterns glowing and lining the pathway. Sarah and Doug, thank you for kicking off the summer wedding season in such style, and for asking us to shoot your wedding!
Childerley Hall Wedding Cambridge, Saturday 27th May 2017.
Childerley Hall Wedding Cambridge
A few weeks back, we were in New York shooting a wedding (pics will be up soon), and the following day had a few hours to spare before our flight left, so we got on the train to Coney Island. I didn’t know much about the place other than it featuring in The Warriors and The Sopranos. I heard that it was washed up and run down, but the boardwalk was quite the opposite. There seems to be some regeneration going on, with a few building projects underway around the station.
As you can probably tell from the photos it was unseasonably cold, so there was no opportunity to sunbathe. Instead, we bought ourselves a couple of jumpers and hot dogs and went for a stroll along the boardwalk. It’s a very photogenic area, with bright colours and strong geometry everywhere. It was also very quiet and spacious. It would be nice to return one day, perhaps when the weather is a little more inviting. I’m sure the place would feel very different to the Coney Island we experienced that day.
Coney Island Baby Now