This is a picture of Patrick Stewart performing at The Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon under Greg Doran’s direction of William Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra.
I was invited to shoot this production at the RSC by the director Greg Doran. I approached the RSC some time ago as I have been making a living working for many of the London drama schools over the years photographing their productions in the black box theatres. I trained under John Haynes and I have worked with people such as Nobby Clarke and Ivan Kincl (before his untimely death two years ago) Greg liked my work and invited me to photograph for the Canterbury Tales pilgrimage which the cast took before they went into full time training in Clapham.
This is a significant still for me, I love the richness of the black & white tones and the energy that it captures – it was Patrick Stewart’s first time performing at the RSC and he received fantastic reviews for one of the best performances ever seen at the Swan theatre – this image captures Patrick’s energy and verve for the role of Antony. His dedication and enthusiasm was
amazing to watch and he gave 100% throughout the entire production – his performance was fantastic in this role, and for a 67 year old man was quite something.
As a theatre / performing arts photographer I am constantly having to deal with low light conditions and fast moving subjects and changing scenes etc. Indeed this particular production seemed to change scenery and lighting so fast that I had trouble keeping up. I have to move into position constantly in order to catch the best shots – but I love this challenge and it gives me
a buzz knowing that I am privileged enough to be in such a unique position and to capture a shot like this.
I joined EPUK last year – the internet is a great tool in alerting others to organisations such as these and EPUK is a terrific source of information and support to people like me who have developed a path and career in photography through different channels.
Pascal Molliere trained in Paris at La Sorbonne University before working in television in London as a camera operator. He later became involved with the performing arts and theatre in his quest to develop a career as a unit stills photographer. He regularly submits work to the national press and is a member of the NUJ.
Photographer since 2002, EPUK member since 2005.
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