Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Photo story

Transforming our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse into a recording studio

  Our candlelit Playhouse has been kitted out with filming equipment to capture performances, events, courses and discussions for audiences around the world to enjoy online

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A camera is set up for a recording of the Shakespeare & Race Festival in 2020 in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Photographer: Claudia Conway.

With our third Shakespeare and Race festival about to go online this weekend from 21 – 23 August, we go behind the scenes to see how we turned our candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse into a recording studio to capture and film content as part of a new series of online programming.

Our buildings may have been closed since March due to Coronavirus, but we’ve been creating new ways of sharing our work with you to enjoy from your very own homes. We’ve been collaborating with video production and live streaming company Karma to bring our playhouses to you during this time, allowing people to attend our performances, events, courses and discussions online, wherever they are in the world.

A close up shot of a camera lens ready to record in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Camera equipment set up ready to record, in the background you can see the brown and gold doors on the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse stage
A close-up image of recording equipment

Photographer: Claudia Conway.

A member of staff bends down to reposition some lights on a wooden stage
A silhouette of one of the chandeliers in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Photographer: Marc Brenner.

A person fixing electrical equipment
A monochrome image of recording equipment and a screen showing different camera angles

Photographer: Marc Brenner.

Ceiling of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse decorated with angels and clouds

Photographer: Charlotte Horobin.

Curled up cables resting between the chairs

Photographer: Claudia Conway.

A close up of a black electronic box with wires coming out of it
A filming camera pointed towards the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Stage

Photographer: Claudia Conway.

A black plastic box laying on the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
An empty indoor stage of a theatre with a large, black candelabra dangling from above

Photographer: Charlotte Horobin.

Candles are being lit on a stage

Photographer: Charlotte Horobin.

A monitor that is displaying a person acting on the Sam Wanamaker Stage

Photographer: Marc Brenner.

Headsets resting on the side lines of the Sam Wanamaker Stage
A close up of a black sound deck with wires coming out of it

Photographer: Claudia Conway.

Coiled up cables resting on one of the seats in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
A pile of candles used to light the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Photographer: Claudia Conway.

FINIS.

Our Shakespeare and Race festival takes place online with a series of events, workshops and discussions from 21 – 23 August 2020. Find out more and book your tickets.

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