Our production of 'Tis Pity She's A Whore by John Ford has finally wrapped. I was asked if I would be able to come and do the photography for the play at the dress rehearsal as our usual photographers were not available. I warned them that I have never photographed a play before and I am still not that confident with the camera but they told me to just come and do the best I could.
I have to admit, I rather surprised myself with the results! Ok so it's not the best photography in the world but bearing in mind I have NEVER photographed a play in action before and I was competing with the actors (very selfishly I may add) acting, ie. moving, gesticulating and pulling funny faces, I think they came out rather well overall! I spent most of my time crouched by the bottom of the stage freaking out the cast with my eyes and nose peering up at them like a demented gnome, trying not to trip on my maxi skirt or running up and down the aisle stairs to get elevated shots and occasionally cursing the lighting changes as they played havoc with my focus.
The only annoying thing was the fact I had not anticipated how quickly this would drain my battery and I was restricted on my options for the dramatic last ten minutes.
I did a little bit of touching up of the photos but nothing too extreme. I have discovered that the edit tool is handy for getting rid of the annoying neon green exit signs in the theatre that looked rather out of place!
As mentioned before, 'Tis Pity is not a happy play by any stretch of the imagination. For those of you unfamiliar with the play, the remainder of this post will outline the plot, complete with pictures. It's like a blogging picture book.
Giovanni, newly returned from University has developed a passion for his sister, Annabella, despite their blood relations. He seeks advice from his mentor, Father Bonaventura who discourages the relationship, desperately trying to persuade Giovanni to set his sights elsewhere.
At the wedding the guests were entertained by three dancers including a strangely familiar woman.
Giovanni and Soranzo fight, with Giovanni able to stab Soranzo who collapses. Vasques in turn fights Giovanni and manages to severely wound him. Both Giovanni and Soranzo die from their wounds, Giovanni still clutching his dead sisters heart.
The play ends with the Cardinal saying of Annabella 'who could not say "Tis Pity She's a Whore?"