A photograph taken of David by theatre photographer Simon Annand, backstage during his run as Captain Jack Absolute in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Rivals, is to be included as part of a new photography exhibition in Yorkshire that takes a look at actors in the final half an hour before curtain up.
Capturing the mystery and magic of backstage theatre, photographer Simon Annand captures the intimate moment where the actor enters psychological negotiation in the final half an hour before curtain up.
For over 35 years Simon Annand has been given unprecedented access to the secret backstage world of London’s West End, shooting everything from Chekhov to Panto. The exhibition will showcase a stunning collection of his dazzling photographs, including shots from his 2008 book The Half, as well as a series of new and unseen images of some of the world’s most illustrious stage actors.
The Half or ‘final call’ is the half an hour before the curtain rises, when an actor is left in solitude to focus on the performance ahead of them. This world of preparation is intimate, yet Simon Annand has witnessed these intriguing moments that the audience never sees. Portraying each actor as a worker, his subtle, engaging and intimate portraits allow the viewer to see the physical and mental preparation that is required as the actor leaves their day behind, in readiness for performing on the stage that evening.
Simon Annard: The Half will be on display at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, Yorkshire from 7 September 2019 - 29 February 2020. Entry is free of charge.