Khaki Devil in Bury St. Edmunds | Theatre Production Photography in Suffolk | Immersion’s Journey’s End

Photographing Immersion Theatre Co’s production of the WW1 Play, Journey’s End

R. C. Sherriff’s moving play, set over 4 days in the trenches near Saint-Quentin, Aisne, in 1918 towards the end of the First World War has been brilliantly portrayed by The Immersion Theatre Company.

This was an amazing opportunity for me as a theatre photographer to become involved at the beginning with the preparations for a press shoot at an authentically recreated WW1 Trench (run by Khaki Devil – a company who specialise historic military uniforms, equipment, weapons, props, locations, and historical advice for Film, Television, & Theatre) and then with the actual production itself.

We started out on a rainy morning at the Headquarters of Khaki Devil near Bury St. Edmunds – meeting 3 of the main cast members, director James Clifford and the very helpful Khaki Devil staff.  The knowledge (& stock!) of this company is second to none:

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The Range of Uniforms and Props Available to Hire at Khaki Devil has to be seen to be believed!

So this was the time for the cast to be measured and fitted with the absolute correct uniforms for the press shoot we had lined up for the afternoon, all under the expert guiding hand of Khaki Devil’s Taff Gillingham.  Seeing the stark transformation of the cast as they changed from regular citizens of 2016 England to WW1 soldiers was something I’ll never forget …

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Actor Tom Grace (Playing Stanhope) and Matt Ray Brown (Playing Osborne) starting their transformation

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Actor Rory Fairbairn (Playing Raleigh)

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Rory Fairbairn with fellow actor, Matt Ray Brown and Taff from Khaki Devil during the final fittings.

The rest of the day was taken up with the actual press shoot at a location some miles away at which Khaki Devil have re-created an incredibly authentic WW1 trench set.  This has been used by the likes of ITV’s Downton Abbey.  You can’t help but try to imagine how frightening and horrific it must have been fighting from a trench like this during the First World War.

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The set has an instant and chilling affect on everyone

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The attention to detail is incredible

Working from our notes, positioning the actors and working within the confines of the trench, after a few hours, I leave with a good selection of images to take back to my desk to edit.  Here’s some of final chosen press images:

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Selected final press images

One of the my regular jobs as a theatre photographer is to take pictures during one of the dress rehearsals of a play to create a set of production images.  For Immersion’s Journey’s End I met up with the cast and crew a few weeks ago at the beginning of their tour at The Mumford Theatre in Cambridge.

It’s always one of the things I like the most about the theatre side of my business – seeing the final play take shape after photographing early press and rehearsal images.  For Journey’s End here was the entire cast working so well together, some superb lighting and another great set.   I’ve put together some of my personal favourite images from the production here:

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Journey’s End is on tour this Autumn right through to Nov 11th.  For venues and more details please visit Immersion Theatre’s Website.

All images © Theatre Photographer, Adam Trigg.  Working in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire