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Publicity Photos For Production Of "Reality Chokes


Below are some of the photos that were taken for the punk play "Reality Chokes" which is on at the Edinburgh Fringe. The play is written by Al Gregg and David Schaal and is a black comedy about lost love, thwarted ambition and mid-life crisis. It is a poignant and funny look at what happens when unresolved conflicts resurface in men who refuse to grow up.

The play was successfully premiered last year at Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead, London where I originally photographed it. At the time it was directed by television and theatre director, Chris Jury. This time around David Schaal who had been acting in it has stepped down to direct the play and has largely recast it for Edinburgh due to availability of the existing cast, with only Al Greg remaining from the original cast. The new cast includes, Al Gregg (Dan), David Marx (John), Cathy MacManamon (Chrissie), Lloyd Morris (Plod), Christopher Tajah (Steve), Matthew Ward (Rob) and Lizzie Stables (Tricia).

The play has been rehearsing in a bar in London, so with no theatre lighting being available and faced with very low lighting, black walls and ceiling a lot of improvising for the publicity photo shoot was required. We got the actors to act out scenes from the play rather than just pose photographs, as the photographs had to look 'in the moment'. Also because the play is centred around a punk band a few photographs were taken of the band.

A quick turn around was required on the final photographs and these were sent to 'The Real London Ensembles' press officer for the production so they could be sent out to the press. Also copies of the photographs were supplied for front of house use.

The play is being performed at the New Town Theatre in Edinburgh between August 6 to August 30.

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Matthew Ward (Rob)
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Christopher Tajah (Steve)
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Christopher Tajah (Steve), Lloyd Morris (Plod)
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Lizzie Stables (Tricia)
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Lizzie Stables (Tricia)
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Lizzie Stables (Tricia), Matthew Ward (Rob)
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David Marx (John)
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David Marx (John), Al Gregg (Dan)
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Lloyd Morris (Plod), Al Gregg (Dan), David Marx (John), David Marx (John), Matthew Ward (Rob)
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Al Gregg (Dan), Cathy MacManamon (Chrissie), Matthew Ward (Rob), Lizzie Stables (Tricia), Lloyd Morris (Plod), David Marx (front) (John)
©2009 Stuart Allen