The Half: Photographs of Actors Preparing for the Stage
A major new photography exhibition featuring rare images of the privacy actors experience backstage in the half hour before performing on the stage.
'Simon Annand is one of the most amazing photographers I have had the pleasure of working within the theatre . . . He is an individualist with an eye for the unusual. The results speak for themselves.' Dame Judi Dench
The Half is an actor’s countdown to walking on stage and facing an audience. Simon Annand’s photographs capture this final half-hour of excitement and intensity before the show begins. Visitors are invited to peep into the secret world of the dressing room to discover actors engaging in personal reflections and private rituals as they make the transition into character.
The Half spans over 30 years of British Theatre and includes portraits of many well-known performers including Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren.
Simon Annand’s exhibition of photographs of actors preparing for the stage. The Half is a touring exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) curated by Kate Bailey of the V&A in collaboration with Simon Annand.
TALK: PREPARING FOR THE STAGE WITH SIMON ANNAND
Meet Simon Annand, the man behind the lens and explore his exhibition The Half.
Sat 15 Oct, 6pm – 7.30pm AND Thu 10 Nov, 1.30pm – 3pm
Fri 7 Oct - Sun 27 Nov '22 | Open Wed – Sun 10am – 5pm
Full Price £8 / Concessions Price £7 / schools/students £5 / under-5s FREE
Image: Daniel Craig in A Number at the Royal Court Theatre, 1999 © Simon Annand
The Base Greenham, Greenham Business Park, Communications Road, Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 6HN
Fri 7 Oct to Sun 27 November