Open Air Theatre 2018 Season Artwork
27 March 2018
The warmer days and lighter nights are approaching… albeit slowly! But this does mean we’re edging closer to the opening of the Open Air Theatre (OAT) 2018 season and there simply isn’t much that can rival watching a show in the beautiful surroundings of Regent’s Park on a glorious summers day.
Over the last couple of months, we have been working on creating the show imagery for each of the productions in the upcoming season. This season certainly has something for everyone; beginning with the welcome return of Peter Pan, followed by a co-production of The Turn of the Screw with English National Opera, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and closing, of course, with a musical Little Shop of Horrors.
The important balance for the Peter Pan image was to convey that the production is for all ages: families and adults, and also that it was a play and not a pantomime. The decision was made to manipulate a production shot from its original run in 2016 that focused on Peter flying.
The Turn of the Screw
Following a meeting with director Timothy Sheader and production designer Soutra Gilmour, where the vision of the production was discussed to develop a brief, we began sketching ideas which focused on a lone figure in an expansive landscape. It was decided that a photoshoot was the best method to create the image and on 25 January we were blessed with dry weather at the chosen location, Dunwich Heath and Beach in Suffolk.
As You Like It
The image for As You Like It needed to be contemporary, joyful and evoke a sense of freedom. This led to the idea of a joyful figure dancing wildly with coloured smoke/powder against a forest background. Regent’s Park provided the perfect location!
Little Shop of Horrors
OAT’s brief for Little Shop of Horrors was that it needed to feel subversive and anarchic to represent the chaos Audrey II brings. This was achieved through a photographic route where we shot a drag artist in our Photographic Studio (did you see the Sneak Peak!).