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This is more like it! We did a production of Beauty and the Beast a few years back and I created/assembled steampunk costumes for the musicians, stage crew and narrator/singer (pictured). About to create a whole lot more for a steampunk Alice in Wonderland costume hire. Watch this space…

A Moody Shot

Barbara —  February 14, 2017 — Leave a comment

Just looking through a few photos for steampunk costume pics and I found this fantastically moody shot from our Beauty and the Beast production a few years back. We did use steampunk costumes in that show, but not for the Beast (Joshua Herriott on the right with cool dreadlocks) or Mr Richman (Mark Cox cringing on the left with a stolen rose) .. so I’ll keep looking then…
Photo by Tom Flathers.

Beauty and the Beast script Offbeat Theatre

Dreaming is something that happens when your mind is left open and your thoughts slip out in the wrong order when you’re asleep.

Phoebe’s take on ‘dreaming’ in Beauty & the Beast

Wishing is a pointless and desperate attempt to obtain the life you can’t be bothered to make for yourself.

Sissy’s take on ‘wishing’ in Beauty & the Beast

Introduction: This week we have a Guest Blogger. Tom Flathers is a fantastic photographer with an essential skill for your theatre production – he takes great photographs! We all know how important it is to have photographs that ‘capture the moment’ on stage. Not only good for publicity, but a wonderful addition to your archives and memories. Barbara

Afrovibes performing 'Thirst' at the Drum Theatre

Afrovibes performing ‘Thirst’ at the Drum Theatre

I have been photographing theatre since September 2012 and have now worked on a number of productions. My favorite without a shadow of a doubt is the 5 months I spent documenting the rehearsals of Beauty and the Beast which was performed at the Conquest Theatre in February. I have also worked on numerous productions for the Drum Theatre in Birmingham.

Theatre has always been really prevalent in my life as I regularly go and see plays. However, my photographic career began in sports rather than theatre. I worked as a sports photographer from the age of 17 and photographed some amazing events such as the Barclays Premier League and Wimbledon.

I used to shoot sport 5 times a week and I was mentored by some incredible photographers. This strong background in photography is the reason I have moved across to theatre photography very smoothly. I have learnt to be very disciplined as a sports photographer and it’s this approach that I bring to theatre and it seems to be serving me well. Continue Reading…

Beauty & the Beast, February 2013 Conquest Theatre, Bromyard

Beauty & the Beast, February 2013 Conquest Theatre, Bromyard

At the end of Act I Beauty had chosen to go to the Beast’s castle and live to save her Father from the Beast’s cruel punishment for stealing a rose from his garden. This iconic photograph by Tom Flathers shows Beauty lamenting her fate and the Beast unseen behind her. What you can’t see in the photo is that the Beast has just picked up the rose that Beauty discarded and is himself pondering on the fate that has brought them together ….

This is the opening scene of Beauty and the Beast. We started with the backstory (the bit about the Prince being turned into a Beast) – I hate it when you get to the end of a show and there’s a long explanation of how everything came to be, how awful it’s all been and how glad they all are that the spell has been broken etc …..

One of the most entertaining and original productions I have seen anywhere for quite some considerable time

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The Beast allows Beauty to return home after she sees (in the magic mirror) that her Father is ill. But .. she must return in one week. But her sisters, Phoebe and Sissy, have other ideas. Here they convince her that to return after only one week would be selfish, they need her and so does her Father… They do, of course, have a much darker plan underneath the jolly sounding song!

Beauty – photo by Tom Flathers

Barbara —  February 20, 2013 — 2 Comments


Our lovely Beauty from the Offfbeat play ‘Beauty and the Beast’