Danielle Tarento: Master your musical theatre audition

I was taking photos today at The Stage Events’ musical theatre audition seminar, hosted by producer and casting director Danielle Tarento.

Danielle Tarento
Danielle Tarento, presenting Master your musical theatre audition for The Stage Events

I was taking photos today at The Stage Events’ musical theatre audition seminar, hosted by producer and casting director Danielle Tarento. Most of the photos I took will go on file and used on the website and in print, but I wanted to share this one: I think Danielle looks awesome in it.

The Lion King’s 5000th West End performance

Last week, I was invited to the Lyceum Theatre by Disney Theatrical to see the 5000th West End performance of The Lion King.

I’ve reviewed The Lion King before on the blog, so nothing else to add there. Once again, though, the main reason for my being there at all was to take photos for The Stage’s party page. Some will be in print in Thursday’s issue, but a selection are below.

Mamma Mia! media night party photographs

Last night, I was at the Prince of Wales theatre for the current cast’s media night – a chance to hang out with the cast and crew in the theatre’s beautiful Delfont Room after the performance.

I was there to take pictures for Scene Around, the party pages of The Stage, and a selection will be in a future print edition. But here are some snaps.

Twespians Summer Party

On Friday, I popped along to the Lyric Hammersmith, venue for the Twespians Summer Party. It was good fun, and as usual it was great to reunite with old friends and make some new ones. And when the weather is fine, as it was on Friday, the Lyric’s roof garden is one of the most convivial theatre bar spaces going…

A selection of photos:

Photographer available

By this time next week I’ll have been taking photos for The Stage’s party pages at four separate events in two weeks (see some photos from Journey’s End and Betwixt!). It’s quite fun to do, and I’m thinking about branching out into doing it for other people – so if you’re interested, do contact me. In the meantime, peruse my Flickr collection. Below, one of my favourite such photos: my friends Damian, Sam and George at Sondheim in Reverse in October 2010.

Damian Sandys, Sam Harrison, George Dyer
Damian Sandys (director), Sam Harrison (peformer), George Dyer (musical director), Sondheim in Reverse, Freedom Bar Soho, Wardour Street, Soho, October 24 2010

Betwixt! after-show party pictures

After seeing Betwixt! the Musical, it was off to the aftershow party, where for the second time in a week I was on photography duties for The Stage’s Scene Around pages.

A selection of these photos will, therefore, be included in the paper, but a wider selection is now available on Flickr – and below.


Journey’s End cast party

After attending Journey’s End yesterday, I stayed in the Upper Circle for the cast party.

Some of the photos I was taking will shortly turn up in the back page party photo section of The Stage. They’re also on my Flickr site, but I’m going to test WordPress’s gallery abilities by including some of them here:

Party pictures

Recently, I’ve been starting to do the occasional night as a photographer for The Stage‘s back page party pictures section, Scene Around. After Wolfboy and Smokey Joe’s Cafe in July, last week I was at two events on consecutive nights.

On Wednesday I was invited a long to a preview screening of the first two episodes of Series 2 of the E4/Left Bank Pictures sketch show School of Comedy, which stars a number of young people who have all come from the after-school club at The Harrodian School:

The following night, The 39 Steps was celebrating its fourth birthday at the Criterion Theatre with an evening of cocktails, beautiful cakes and lots of period detailing:

Some of these photos will be appearing in this week’s issue of The Stage. It’s not exactly the most glamorous of jobs, disrupting people’s conversations in order to snap them, but at least I’m getting to meet more people than I usually do at events like this…

A photoshoot for Edinburgh

Yesterday, The Stage undertook the photoshoot for its annual Edinburgh Festivals issue. We’ll have ten ‘acts’, for want of a better word — actually, it’s seven actors, one cabaret duo, one writer and one director — who were photographed separately, as well as in a group shot that will be used on the cover.

Organised by Paul and with Stephanie on photography duties, I was on hand to do a few audio interviews with which we’ll be putting out as a podcast.

I also took my camera along, though, to (a) take some candid shots, (b) have a bit of a practice photographing people rather than still lives and architecture and (c) to have something to do in between interviews.

I’m not going to bung the whole load of photographs up on Flickr, as to do so would compromise the publication of the full photoshoot, which will be in _The Stage_ in two weeks’ time.

However, a few bits and pieces:

Frisky and Mannish and Paul
Frisky and Mannish and Paul
Photographer Stephanie Methven
Photographer Stephanie Methven
Mannish in make-up
Mannish in make-up
Performer Inua Ellams
Performer Inua Ellams
Frisky (from Frisky and Mannish) and Charlie Cameron
Frisky (from Frisky and Mannish) and Charlie Cameron

West End Live 2009

On Saturday, I went to Leicester Square to see some of the onstage performances put together by Westminster City Countil as part of the annual **West End Live** event.

Due to engineering works on train lines, and the long queueing time to get into the Leicester Square stage area, I missed performances by the cast of several big name shows, including **Sister Act** (which I still have not seen yet).

However, I did catch quite a few performances, and have put a selection the resulting photos up on Flickr. A slide show version is below:

The full collection is [available to browse on Flickr](http://www.flickr.com/photos/aggedor/sets/72157620196580994/). Please note that, unlike previous photos, I am not releasing these under any form of Creative Commons licence: if you want to use any of them for other purposes, please [contact me](/about/).