For our final play of the season we return to the master, Ayckbourn and a successful comedy penned as recently as 2011. Brother and sister Martin and Hilda Massie live together, leading a quiet, Christian existence in the confines of the Bluebell Hill Development. As they prepare for a housewarming gathering, their peace is shattered by a young trespasser in their garden. The Massies’ neighbours congregate in their living room and together they agree to form a neighbourhood watch group to safeguard against further incidents…. but then an incident involving Monty the gnome escalates their plans…
Produced by Janet Drewery. Front row L to R: Dianne Turner as Hilda, Steve Howland as Martin, Gill Collins as Amy. Back row L to R: Rob Newton as Gareth, Barbara Failey as Dorothy, Nic Johnson as Magda, Wyn Price as Rod and Adam Craven as Luther.
A lot of people liked the poster for Black Comedy and in particular the photo and asked how it was done.
Well it’s actually a composite. Steve explains:
“The concept was in my mind but how to achieve it? With limited time to take photos we got into costume during our rehearsal tea break and I took about 10-15 shots of each actor in various poses, including some of lit matches and a lighter, my idea being to create the final image in the ‘digital darkroom’ – my computer.”
“Then the hard work really began. Using Photoshop CC I selected poses from the seventy odd taken that would fit both the concept of the play and the character story and began to edit them to create a black background, artificial shadows, artificial pools of light from the inserted matches and so on. Consisting of 30 or more layers of images and treatments and about four hours work on a Mac the final image emerged…. and then the poster could be created which itself is another composite of about 20 layers….”