October 05, 2011
Theatre: A Number

Caryl Churchill’s father and son play, A Number, starring Timothy and Samuel West (real father and son), opens at The Fugard Theatre this week.

Directed by Jonathan Munby, the play examines the intricate concept of identity, the age-old question of “nature versus nurture” and the highly controversial concept of human cloning.

This production (unexpectedly) really made me push my camera to it’s limits. There were a number (excuse the pun) of photographic challenges to try and capture a variety of interesting shots.

I love this one because it was literally “a shot in the dark”, one where you keep snapping with a small chance that you might capture something without being able to see. Two beams of light move around the stage rather quickly during a scene change and I caught one as it moved over Tim West. Magic! Like capturing a firefly, so exciting.

Timothy West in A NUMBER at The Fugard Theatre

We are very fortunate to have a production of this calibre in Cape Town at the moment, thanks to Eric Abraham and The Fugard theatre for bringing it to our doorstep. The London reviewers say:

***** ‘Theatre at its powerful best’ The Sunday Times
***** ‘A sensational play in every sense’ Sunday Express
**** ‘The West dynasty thrives” The Times
**** ‘Superb acting from the Wests’ Evening Standard
**** ‘Jonathan Munby’s riveting revival’ Mail on Sunday

If you’d like to see more, there are photos of rehearsals and production on my website.

4 Comments

WOW!! That first shot is incredible Jess, absolutely love it 🙂

Thanks Rin, me too! It was a nice surprise.

Nice. In addition to the obvious first one, I also like the second from last.

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