The thrilling experience of seeing actors live on stage is under threat during the present Covid restrictions. Theatres have been closed and this new book reminds us of what we are missing. Through the eyes of this legendary photographer we observe how the performers get ready to astonish their audience.
To celebrate the publication of Simon Annand’s Time To Act a virtual exhibition will be launched on 5th October showcasing selected images from the book; some of which will be available for sale. The virtual exhibition will be re-hung on a weekly basis until early November.
The publishers are making a donation from the sale of every book in the UK to The Theatre Artists Fund.
Julian Bird, CEO of SOLT said: “We are delighted that £1 from every sale of Simon Annand’s new book Time To Act will be donated to The Theatre Artists Fund. We must continue to support the freelance workforce who contribute so much to the theatre industry in this time of crisis.”
Simon Annand has been shooting photographs backstage at West End theatres in London for 35 years. In these meditative portraits, often shot in the intimate space of the dressing room, he witnesses the focus and tension of world-class actors right before they go on the stage
Simon’s first collection The Half was published in 2008 alongside an exhibition at the National Theatre which has subsequently been seen in various other theatres across the UK including Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre in 2019.
With an introduction by Cate Blanchett, Time To Act continues to explore the moments of vulnerability which every actor experiences before they go onto stage no matter how long they have been working. Amongst the over 230 images are insightful portraits of Gillian Anderson, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sharon D Clark, Paapa Essiedu, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lenny Henry, Anthony Hopkins, Andrew Scott, Josette Simon and Judi Dench.
For more information visit TimeToActPhotos.com
Photo credit: Simon Annand