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Photo Flash: These Theatrical Creatives Took on New Roles Amidst the Heath Crisis

With uncertainty still surrounding the support of freelancers in the theatre industry photographer Ali Wright has curated My Latest Role; a series of environment portraits of self-employed creatives who became key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project aims to celebrate the resilience and adaptability of freelance creatives who make up 70% of the theatre industry and to highlight that despite theatres being legally allowed to open on 1 August with social distancing, it is still unclear how the Government's financial package announced on 6 July will support freelancers. The images will be available online here www.mylatestrole.com.

Ali Wright today said, "As a theatre photographer, I lost six months of work overnight and only qualified for a fraction of my previous wage. I was interested in discovering how other freelance theatre artists were coping in this new context. I soon discovered that many across the industry were taking up roles as Key Workers to financially survive, many having been excluded from government assistance, and volunteering as a way to help others in a time of crisis. My Latest Role has been a way for me to play my small part in amplifying the theatre workforces' resilience, adaptability and generosity."

The professionals include:

  • Actor Sarah O'Connor who was a swing on Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre and became a care home worker.
  • Paris Rivers who is a Special Effects Makeup and Cabaret Artist who became a funeral service operator.
  • Dev Danzig who is a Designer, Stage Manager and Prop Maker who began assembling and testing ventilators.
  • Nadia Nadif who is an Actor and Director who began volunteering with the food poverty charity Feast! providing meals for the vulnerable.
  • Andrew Ellis who is a Lighting Designer and was managing the spring tour of BalletBoyz' 'Deluxe' who became a Tesco delivery driver.
  • Kara Chamberlain who is a Writer, Producer at Crossline Theatre and Actor began working in an independent health shop.
  • Parvinder Shergill who is an Actor, who has worked as a Doctor in a hospital before and during the pandemic.
  • Karl Best who was performing in The Visit at the National and began working as a porter at King's College Hospital.

Ali Wright is a theatre photographer. Her theatre photography credits include The Song Project, Inside Bitch (Royal Court Theatre), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Park Theatre), Angry, Islander: A New Musical, How Love Is Spelt (Southwark Playhouse), Little Baby Jesus, Macbeth (Orange Tree Theatre), Coming Clean, La Boheme, Tosca (Trafalgar Studios), The Niceties (Finborough Theatre) and Going Through (Bush Theatre). During lockdown she also photographed theatres across London for SCENECHANGE'S #MissingLiveTheatre campaign which wrapped shut venues across the UK in messages of hope and visibility.

Photo Credit: Ali Wright

Photo Flash: These Theatrical Creatives Took on New Roles Amidst the Heath Crisis
Sarah O'Connor

Photo Flash: These Theatrical Creatives Took on New Roles Amidst the Heath Crisis
Parvinder Shergill

Photo Flash: These Theatrical Creatives Took on New Roles Amidst the Heath Crisis
Paris Rivers

Photo Flash: These Theatrical Creatives Took on New Roles Amidst the Heath Crisis
Nadia Nadif

Photo Flash: These Theatrical Creatives Took on New Roles Amidst the Heath Crisis
Karl Best

Photo Flash: These Theatrical Creatives Took on New Roles Amidst the Heath Crisis
Kara Chamberlain

Photo Flash: These Theatrical Creatives Took on New Roles Amidst the Heath Crisis
Dev Danzig

Photo Flash: These Theatrical Creatives Took on New Roles Amidst the Heath Crisis
Andrew Ellis

Photo Flash: These Theatrical Creatives Took on New Roles Amidst the Heath Crisis
Ali Wright

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