The Half


30 November 2013 – *6 April 2014

*Please note, the exhibition will be closed to the public from Monday 17 - Wednesday 26 February. 

Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre
Open every day from 10am until the building closes

'The Half' is an actor's countdown to walking on stage and facing an audience. Simon Annand's photographs capture this final half an hour of excitement and intensity before the show begins.

For over 30 years, Simon Annand has been given unprecedented access to photograph this in-between world that the audience never sees. This exhibition invites us backstage, to peep into the secret world of the dressing room, where each actor begins their own personal preparations to create the character on stage.

The Half is a touring exhibition from the Department of Theatre and Performance, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Curated by Kate Bailey of the V&A in collaboration with Simon Annand and the RSC's Events and Exhibitions Department, this special version of the exhibition includes new photographs of actors from recent RSC productions alongside images of the RSC's costume team and acting company working together backstage.

Part of In Stitches: A celebration of costume.

About the artist: Simon Annand has worked as a photographer in and around the theatre with many of the leading companies, including the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court, Comédie Française, Odeon Theatre Paris, Moscow Arts Theatre, Théâtre de Complicité and The Old Vic.


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