A longer post than usual, but I’ve got stuff to say and some photos to share.
Letters To Aberlour by New Stride Productions is on at Just Festival at Central Hall (Flyer at bottom below). I got some shots of some of the cast on The High Street, which proved popular when I posted them last week.
Following on from that, I went along on Sunday night to try a Theatre photoshoot for the first time to see how I would get on. I had to catch the actors in costume just before curtain up, whilst the lights were being checked, so kept it simple and went with the fast Fujifilm XF 35mm Lens on the XT-1 that I had on free 2-day trial from Calumet in Edinburgh.
Before I get to the photos, a quick word about Letters To Aberlour. After taking the shots, I stayed to watch the performance. Knowing nothing about it, I had a slight concern over what to say to the cast if it wasn’t any good, you know the awkward, well, um, it wasn’t too bad type comment, whilst you shuffle from foot to foot. Thankfully, it was an excellently acted, moving and well written piece of theatre. Given the production constraints of a Fringe performance, the cast of five managed to portray fifteen different character to bring to life the horrors, sacrifice and loss suffered during The Great War (World War One).
Given the preponderance of of documentation written about the war by the Officers and Upper Classes, it was both heartening and heart breaking to hear the stories of the ordinary soldiers and people at home through the letters written to Aberlour Orphanage.
In much the same way as the ‘Forgotten Voices Of…’ books painted the picture of life missing from traditional history books, this piece portrayed sympathetically what it was like for those caught up in it. It also has echoes of the highly recommended ‘McRaes Battalion’ by Jack Alexander, which deals with events closer to Edinburgh and nearby areas. More details on the latter are on the McRae’s Battalion Trust Website.
So, to the photos. These are of the actors Anthony Bentley, Patrick Capaloff-Fowler, Julia Jack, Simon Weir and Jonathan Durie, in no particular order. I’ve tried some post-processing filters to see how they come out, rather just doing my usual ‘straight’ monochrome, and included some colour too, just for the hell of it.