Tuesday 2 August 2011: Back in the theatre
I'm guessing there may well be a number of theatre-related blips this month, the month of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. This was a bit of paid work - taking some images for a new play - Splendid Isolation by Nick Ward. It's adapted from Heart of Darkness and Outpost of Progress by Joseph Conrad. "A grotesquely dark comedy about slavery, opium addiction, cartography, madness and abandonment", as it says on the tin. I was there for the tech, so didn't get to see it all, but it seemed a very atmospheric piece, with an oppressive atmosphere. Can imagine it on a hot sunny day - normally a problem in the windowless black box spaces used in the Fringe but in this case all part of the experience for the audience, the hotter the better. Today was wet outside, and not hot, but there was still a strong sense of the way it will be. It opens tomorrow. Not the easiest of shows to photograph, but liked this picture with the echo in the hand gestures of the two main characters, Mr Carlier in the foreground and Mr Kayerts in the background.