Photography for the Marlowe Theatre
Starting off with a night-time location shoot in a container trailer for the publicity posters, the theatre photography for the Marlowe Theatre also included the production rehearsals and performances.
Staged at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury on July 13 and 14, “Stacked” was the community production offering a modern interpretation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic Canterbury Tales. Performed by a 200-strong group of local actors and musicians, it sees the county gridlocked after Operation Stack forces people to take refuge in the Canterbury Tales pub.
In addition to a series of imaginative sets and props to move back in time and between continents, the pub was recreated on the stage with even its landlord, Chris Smith, playing himself as a member of the theatre’s adult acting class. Each of the six main characters tell a tale involving everything from aliens to nuns and even a camel.
A live band played acoustic music to underpin the scenes, headed by Greek-born musician Yiannis Zaronis. Stacked included music from different eras and of different styles – jazz swing from the 1940s, European waltzes, and Middle Eastern drumming.
The youth company taking part also included The Marlowe Access Company (MAC), run in partnership with Canterbury Community Day Services and “Confidance”, a creative team of performers for people with learning disabilities.