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Silver Lining – to be found in every cloud – event photography in Kingston

The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames staged the first production of a new play written by Sandi Toksvig, ‘Silver Lining’. I photographed the press night star-spangled event. 

Up the Red Carpet – Event Photography at the Rose

The Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames are a regular client of mine – I’m the photographer at many of their PR events. But, notwithstanding that I’m a great advocate of their work, both on stage and in the community. The shows I’ve seen have been at least good, and often fantastic. It’s a true community theatre, the building is regularly used for community events and they often cast members of their youth theatre in their plays.

The Rose Youth Awards is one of my favourite events, all the participants get dressed up to walk the red carpet into the theatre and attend the awards ceremony in the auditorium. They are all so excited and bubbling with energy, it’s quite infectious. I play the paparazzo, snapping away with the flash on the camera. Ciaran McConville hosts the ceremony, Director of Learning & Participation at the Rose while writer Jacqueline Wilson gives the awards. I’ve seen Jacqueline at the theatre several times; she’s fantastic with the youngsters, taking the time to talk with them about theatre and writing. She’s a real inspiration, and so is Ciaran. The youngsters absolutely adore him.

“Every picture tells a story, make sure it’s the right one!”
Trevor Aston Photography and Video is based in Teddington, Richmond upon Thames in southwest London close Kingston, Twickenham and Surrey.
 

Beryl the Biker – Rose Theatre press night

Kingston’s Rose Theatre get me to photograph all their press night parties. The brief is to capture the celebrities and cast. A couple of recent productions have been directed by Trevor Nunn and consequently I have quite a lot of Trevor Nunn pictures. Possibly enough to start a photo agency, albeit rather specialised. Specifically, pictures of Trevor Nunn holding a glass of wine. He’s always very kind and patient when I point my lens at him, yet again.

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The cast of Kingston’s Rose Theatre production, ‘Beryl’. Lee Toomes, Samantha Power, Rebecca Ryan, Dominic Gately

Trevor Nunn did not direct ‘Beryl’ at the Rose, it was Rebecca Gatward. The play was written originally for radio by the fantastic actor, Maxine Peake. It tells the true story of a British world champion most people have never heard of. Beryl Burton was twice world road race champion and won the British National Championships thirteen times and claimed five pursuit gold medals in the World Track Championships between 1959 and 1966. I’m a cyclist and really enjoyed the production which saw the cast of four playing over a dozen parts each.

Rose Theatre, Kingston. Event photographer

Beryl Burton’s daughter, Denise Burton-Cole said: “We are thrilled as it’s an outstanding play and it’s great that more people will see it”.

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No Crisis for the Midlife Cyclist

A Christmas Carol – Press Night Event Photography

This year the marvelous Rose Theatre in Kingston is staging Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. They have a great track record in producing shows with children in the cast. Partly because the theatre has an admirable community and youth theatre. This production is adapted and directed by Ciaran McConville. Once again the theatre asked me  to photograph the press night event.

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