Shakespeare, his wife and the dog video

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I spent a great day with Philip Whitchurch, Sally Edwards and Julia St John who are Batedbreath. Together we filmed a trailer for the tour of “Shakespeare, his wife and the dog”. Curiously, it took all day to shoot what became a one minute trailer for a show that lasts one hour! Go figure.
It was a great way to test out the new Sony FS5 in the environment in which it will find itself most of the time. I’m slowly getting to grips with it.
Phil and Sally are great actors and with Julia directing everything went very smoothly. The trailer is designed to be seen on the internet and to be played on a loop in the public areas of theatres where it will be on. We created a silent version with more captions to satisfy that need as well.
The show is on tour right now. You can see the dates by going to the Batedbreath website here.

Shakespeare, his wife and the dog from Patrick Baldwin on Vimeo.

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Gaspard Royant concert video

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I had a fantastic time filming a concert video for Sony Music France of French singing star Gaspard Royant at St. Pancras station. It was a popup concert that was part of the Sounds Connections festival at the station.

This was only days after the horror of the bombings in Brussels so it was under incredible security that we set up to film the concert right by the departure gate for the Eurostar. There was definitely an air of defiance in the face of the cowardly terrorist attacks of the previous days. Gaspard put on a great show and lifted the spirits of all those patiently enduring long queues because of the extra security.

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The smallest theatre

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I went to the smallest theatre I think I have ever been in yesterday. The Tristan Bates Theatre on the edge of Covent Garden in London is part of the actors centre. The show was the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama production “This Is Not A Drill” performed by BA (Hons) Acting (CDT) students.
This is what they say about their production:

This is a letter to our children’s children.
We love you and we’re sorry.

We’re not sure what we’ve built, but you might have to start again. It’s undeniable. The future is coming. Red lines on graphs and water levels are rising and smart blue screens are getting smarter by the second. The big cars with tinted windows are driving past tired people walking along the roadside. The supersize bite of progress doesn’t taste quite the same as it did before.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL takes us on a journey across Outer and Inner Space, cyber landscapes and the kitchen floor. The international ensemble of actors brings vividly to life the struggle to think about what’s ahead when social conditioning has us checking our phones in the face of crisis. The result is darkly funny, highly theatrical, intelligent and surprising.

16 – 27 Feb. Tue-Sat, 7.30pm & Sun, 3pm.
Tickets £10 / £5 concs.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". © Patrick Baldwin 2016

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. © Patrick Baldwin 2016

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. Devised and performed by BA (Hons) Acting CDT students with BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. "This Is Not A Drill". © Patrick Baldwin 2016

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. “This Is Not A Drill”. © Patrick Baldwin 2016

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Roy Mitchell

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My old friend Roy Mitchell explains why he became a writer. Anybody who knows Roy will immediately recognise his incredibly articulate stream of consciousness mode! This is the start of a series of interviews with writers answering the question: “Why did I become a writer?”

Roy Mitchell, screenwriter from Patrick Baldwin on Vimeo.

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Poster Photography

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I had a lot of fun a couple of weeks ago shooting the next three posters for the Bear Pit Theatre Company’s productions of “Noises Off”, “God of Carnage” and “Body Double”.

Bear Pit Theatre Company. "Noises Off". © 2015 Patrick Baldwin.

Bear Pit Theatre Company. “Noises Off”. © 2015 Patrick Baldwin.


Bear Pit Theatre Company. "God Of Carnage" poster. © 2015 Patrick Baldwin.

Bear Pit Theatre Company. “God Of Carnage”. © 2015 Patrick Baldwin.


Bear Pit Theatre Company. "Body Double". © 2015 Patrick Baldwin.

Bear Pit Theatre Company. “Body Double”. © 2015 Patrick Baldwin.

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Well done Babs

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Happy New Year to Barbara Windsor. Made a Dame! I had the pleasure of meeting her when I photographed her at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama graduation ceremony at The Royal Festival Hall in London. She was being made an honorary fellow of Central. In her acceptance speech she mentioned that her favourite person, Kenneth Williams, would be laughing his head off at her, with love, at the idea of her being honoured. Imagine what he is thinking now at her being made a Dame?

She is not the tallest person in the world. I was positioned down at the front of the stage directly in line with the podium from which all the speeches were being made which was a good place to get the acceptance speech shots and cover the rest of the stage. I don’t like to move around much when I’m visible to 3500 people. They are there to watch their sons and daughters receive their degrees not be distracted by a photographer running around at the front. Nevertheless it became apparent that if I didn’t move to the side sharpish I wouldn’t be able to see her behind the podium. If I had been working for a newspaper I would have stayed and got the inevitable comedy shot of her semi hidden by the podium and then moved but my client, Central, would have absolutely no use or desire to use an image like that, now or in the future, so I ran straight to the side to get a shot of her that would show her off the best and with the respect that she deserves.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Graduation ceremony. Barbara Windsor. © Patrick Baldwin 2015.

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Graduation ceremony. Barbara Windsor. © Patrick Baldwin 2015.


Congratulations on your Damehood Barbara.

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Birmingham Repertory Studio

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It’s always great to start a relationship with a new client. I’m very pleased to have carried out my first commission for Birmingham rep studio photographing early rehearsals and the dress rehearsal of the world premiere of “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. This is a co-production with the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich directed by Peter Rowe, the Wolsey’s artistic director.
To quote the shows website; “Feed The Beast is a fiercely funny look at the rocky relations between our press and politicians…”
It runs until the 2nd May and is well worth seeing. It is already getting good press here and also included in an article here about pre-election theatre.
Below are some of the images from the early rehearsals followed by images from the dress rehearsal.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Gerald Kyd. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Gerald Kyd. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Gerald Kyd. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Gerald Kyd. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Peter Rowe. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Peter Rowe. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Gerald Kyd. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Gerald Kyd. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Paul Moriarty. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Paul Moriarty. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Kacey Ainsworth, Tristram Wymark and Aimee Powell. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Kacey Ainsworth, Tristram Wymark and Aimee Powell. © Patrick Baldwin 2015. All rights reserved.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Badri Timimi (L) and Aimee Powell.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Badri Timimi (L) and Aimee Powell.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Shaun Mason.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Shaun Mason.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Tristram Wymark (L), Gerald Kyd.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Tristram Wymark (L), Gerald Kyd.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. L to R: Tristram Wymark, Aimee Powell, supporting artist, Kacey Ainsworth, supporting artist, Badri Timimi.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. L to R: Tristram Wymark, Aimee Powell, supporting artist, Kacey Ainsworth, supporting artist, Badri Timimi.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. L to R: Paul Moriarty, Gerald Kyd, Shaun Mason.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. L to R: Paul Moriarty, Gerald Kyd, Shaun Mason.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Shaun Mason (L), Paul Moriarty.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Shaun Mason (L), Paul Moriarty.

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Gerald Kyd (C)

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Gerald Kyd (C)

Birmingham Rep studio. "Feed The Beast" by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Kacey Ainsworth (L), Gerald Kyd.

Birmingham Rep studio. “Feed The Beast” by Steve Thompson. Directed by Peter Rowe. Kacey Ainsworth (L), Gerald Kyd.

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Bend It Like Beckham

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I had a great day recently shooting some of the elements that went into the publicity for the new musical Bend it Like Beckham. This is of course the film version taken to the stage. Details can be found here.

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

Bend It Like Beckham the musical 2015

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Oh Joe….

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Rest in peace Joe. I will listen to your music forever.

Joe Cocker. © Patrick Baldwin 1995. All rights reserved.

Joe Cocker. © Patrick Baldwin 1995. All rights reserved.

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Billie Whitelaw

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I was sad to hear of Billie Whitelaws passing. As I was making my way through drama school I discovered various actors and actresses that were different to the norm and so had quite an influence on me . Billie Whitelaw was one of those people. When I moved to London and got one of my first jobs in about 1987 shooting production photographs at the Young Vic of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff” I was completely entranced by the fact that I was going to be able to photograph Billie Whitelaw. Not to mention Saskia Reeves and Patrick Stewart.
It’s been said that she stopped performing in the theatre because she couldn’t overcome her stage fright. I saw some of that insecurity when I arrived to photograph her. She wasn’t sure if she wanted to be photographed and was quite worried about it. Eventually she agreed and once the dress rehearsal started all the insecurity vanished.
She was a truly marvellous actress and I’m glad to have met her.
Samuel Becket called her the perfect actress. There is nothing else to add after a compliment like that.
Rest in peace Billie.

Billie Whitelaw in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff" at The Young Vic. © Patrick Baldwin 1987. All rights reserved.

Billie Whitelaw in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff” at The Young Vic. © Patrick Baldwin 1987. All rights reserved.

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