Supreme Queen at Swindon Wyvern Theatre

Saturday night I was at the Wyvern Theatre again, this time to photograph Supreme Queen. They were awesome, what a performance and so much like the original Queen band. They were so good I got really carried away and shot nearly 1000 images. So I found it quite difficult to select and process them down to a reasonable level. This is just a very small selection of the gig. I am sure some people are against ‘tribute acts’ as they are not ‘the real thing’ but trust me, this band are awesome and well worth going to see.

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Dick and Puss an Adult Panto in Swindon

Friday evening found me at The Wyvern Theatre. I had been allowed to go side of stage to take photos of Dick and Puss an Adult Panto. Well firstly what lovely lovely people they were or are should I say. They invited me up into the dressing room and I had such a lovely chat with them. They made me feel so welcome and at ease which of course is so important as I firmly believe that my (or any photographer for that matter) state of mind is reflected in the passion and quality of the photographs I (you) take. I like to think my photos are or border on art rather than just a ‘record’ of what went on.

Anyway, I laughed so much during the performance I sometimes found it hard to hold the camera steady. I like bawdy humour and it was bawdy but I and the audience really enjoyed it, and the audience joined in very enthusiastically.

So, if you ever get the chance to get to see them, do so, don’t take the kids though it is an hilarious adult panto.

60’s Experience at Wyvern Theatre

Another quick update. This is from The 60’s Exerience at The Wyvern Theatre in Swindon. Excellent show, excellent music and excellent guys to work with. The bands included The Ivy League, Hermans Hermits, Swinging Blue Jeans and The Mersey Beats all compared by Alan Mosca of Freddy and the Dreamers.

A good night out.

Cinderella a massive panto success at The Wyvern in Swindon

Well, what can I say. I have had so much fun photographing and being ‘sort of’ involved with this years Pantomime Cinderella at the Swindon Wyvern Theatre. I have photographed and obviously met and chatted to all of the cast and I have to say what lovely lovely people, every one of them. Victoria Farley as Cinderella and Abigail Matthews as the fairy godmother are two just stunningly attractive and talented young ladies. Dickie Wood as Buttons and Cole Dunn as Dandini hugely talented young men. Ryan Thomas as Prince Charming is excellent. I have met many ‘famous’ people and some are not particularly friendly. Ryan is the opposite, he is so friendly and very modest and is as good in Panto as he was as Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street, indeed a star. And what can I say about David Ashley as Ballsy Brenda and Louie Westwood as Sweaty Betty the two Ugly Sisters that has not already been said. Both legends in the Panto world, just stunning performance and lovely people to talk to off stage. At times I couldn’t photograph them because I was laughing so much.

The chorus dancers (both teams) all juveniles, hugely talented and professional.

I also want to thank the technical team who have welcomed me and made me feel comfortable and almost ‘part of the crew’ and all of the staff of all of the departments that are just so friendly and helpful, they have all made me feel so much part of a ‘team’ which is something I have not experienced for many years.

It is at times like this I just love my job, well it isn’t even a job, I enjoy it too much.

I think most shows have been sold out but try to get tickets anyway. It is a must see Panto and you will not be disappointed.

Michael Jackson Tribute Wows audience in Swindon at Wyvern Theatre

Today’s update is of a shoot a couple of weekends ago. I was allowed to be back stage at The Wyvern Theatre Swindon for the performance by Ben, The countries finest Michael Jackson Tribute artist. This is the second time I have photographed Ben and it never ceases to amaze me just how realistic Ben is when ‘in character’. And as I am sure those of you who know me I love Michael Jackson music from way back when in the early 70’s to the present day so I for one really enjoyed the performance and was so lucky to see it from the side of the stage.

This is another act that I would definitely recommend you go see if you have the opportunity, you wont be disappointed.

David Bowie Tribute Bowie Experience raised the roof at Swindon Wyvern Theatre

Saturday evening found me at The Wyvern Theatre for the Bowieexperience a David Bowie tribute show. Well I was really really impressed with the show. He and the band sang most of Bowie’s hits and sang them well. I think it is true to say that it is not very often I see pretty much everybody in the theatre standing and dancing but they were at this show. He raised the roof and was just awesome, well worth the effort.

Prince Charming, Cinderella and her lovely Sisters come to Swindon

Well it has been a while. Mainly because I have been in hospital for an op which has put me out of the loop for a while. But well on the way to recovery and back to training soon (I hope) and back to being out there with cameras again.

Just before op I had the pleasure of shooting the Press release of this years Wyvern Theatre Panto which is Cinderella. Prince Charming is being played by Ryan Thomas who until recently was Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street. The lovely Cinderella is played by Victoria Farley. The pretty or ugly sisters Brenda and Betty are being played by David Ashley and Louie Westwood. It was so much fun and there were times when I couldn’t photograph the ugly sisters they were just so funny I had tears in my eyes and this was only the press shoot. The Panto is just going to be hilarious. For anybody who loves Panto and I do, it is a must see.

Big Fun with the girls of Four Sunsets

Wednesday saw me with these four Swindon ladies who were having pre rehearsal cocktails to get in the mood for their show Four Sunsets. They were such a laugh and played out some of the lines from the show and trust me in was hilarious. Below is the official press release.

In preparation for their performance at Swindon Arts Centre this September, the cast of Four Sunsets by TS Theatre stopped for a round of sunset cocktails at Kenzo 72 in Old Town.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Bali, Four Sunsets has been written, produced and directed by local talent and the four-strong female cast are also from Swindon. Ella Thomas, Laura James, Becci Smith and Jodie Potter have been rehearsing hard over the last two months and are excited to be bringing the play’s debut to the Arts Centre.

Amid white sands, crystal clear waters and stunning scenery, Four Sunsets is a comedy-drama that tells the tale of four friends who seek out paradise for the holiday of a lifetime. As the prospect of returning to reality starts to dawn, the girls find their world turned brutally upside-down and their strength and loyalty tested beyond measure.

Cocktails, holiday shenanigans, talk of the male anatomy and the true meaning of friendship; Four Sunsets provides a perfect night out with the girls.

Lounge Bar and Restaurant Kenzo 72, which brings a touch of exotic style to Swindon, was more than happy to welcome the cast for a round of cocktails to get them in the mood for their rehearsal that evening.

Four Sunsets is at Swindon Arts Centre on Sat 17 September. For more information and to book tickets, visit swindontheatres.co.uk or call Ticket Office on 01793 524481.

Swindon Summer Youth Project Smashes it at the Wyvern

This years Wyvern Theatre Summer Youth Project was Grease and I don’t think I exaggerate when I say they smashed it again this year. I cannot fault any of the cast of 175 in the performance. Each and every one of them gave a polished and professional performance and I applaud them all.

I photographed the first dress rehearsal and have to admit I found it quite technically difficult. Not just the lighting but with a cast of 175 I felt I missed so much of what was going on. However when I sat back and watched the performance on press night I was amazed what a polished performance a bunch of ‘kids’ put on.

Each and every performance is sold out and so they are playing to a full house every time.

So a big well done to all the cast, crew, backroom guys and the Wyvern Theatre for yet another excellent show.

Jane McDonald at Oxford New Theatre

Tuesday afternoon I met Jane McDonald as part of the press photo shoot at The Oxford New Theatre where she is starring in That’s Entertainment.

She was lovely. She was so friendly and did everything we asked her to do. She is just like she is on the telly Loose Women etc.
I never got to see the show but I would advise anybody to go and see her, very engaging.

A very pleasant photo shoot.