The end of the Ranunculus

One of my lovely friends brought me these Ranunculus to cheer me up this week and they are one of my favourite flowers. I’m not usually the type of person to photograph flowers  but the colour and textures of these orange beauties inspired me to capture them before they disappear into the dustbin. I must say I was pleasantly surprised that they don’t look at all like a Hallmark card.


Theatre: A Number

Caryl Churchill’s father and son play, A Number, starring Timothy and Samuel West (real father and son), opens at The Fugard Theatre this week.

Directed by Jonathan Munby, the play examines the intricate concept of identity, the age-old question of “nature versus nurture” and the highly controversial concept of human cloning.

This production (unexpectedly) really made me push my camera to it’s limits. There were a number (excuse the pun) of photographic challenges to try and capture a variety of interesting shots.

I love this one because it was literally “a shot in the dark”, one where you keep snapping with a small chance that you might capture something without being able to see. Two beams of light move around the stage rather quickly during a scene change and I caught one as it moved over Tim West. Magic! Like capturing a firefly, so exciting.

Timothy West in A NUMBER at The Fugard Theatre

We are very fortunate to have a production of this calibre in Cape Town at the moment, thanks to Eric Abraham and The Fugard theatre for bringing it to our doorstep. The London reviewers say:

***** ‘Theatre at its powerful best’ The Sunday Times
***** ‘A sensational play in every sense’ Sunday Express
**** ‘The West dynasty thrives” The Times
**** ‘Superb acting from the Wests’ Evening Standard
**** ‘Jonathan Munby’s riveting revival’ Mail on Sunday

If you’d like to see more, there are photos of rehearsals and production on my website.