Richard Bean’s new comedy opens with the beheading of Sir John Hotham. The rest of the play rewinds and tells the story of how he came to receive this extreme punishment!
Our early artwork for the show featured a headless man in period dress, but last week we refreshed the image ready for the launch of our season brochure by setting up a photoshoot with actor Mark Addy, who plays Sir John. Designer Max Jones and Wardrobe Supervisor Sian Thomas worked on a costume for the shoot based on historical images of aristocrats from the 1640s and a sketch of Sir John Hotham himself.
We all met at Karl Andre Photography’s studio (@karlandrephoto), where Mark was given a make-up base by Laura Fletcher, of LFX Make Up. Then it was on with the shoot, with Mark holding a green ball in place of where his head would be! Sian was on hand to sort out any costume malfunctions as he struck pose after pose, followed by comedy expressions for close-ups. We made sure the designer had loads of options to choose from when it came to cutting and pasting heads and bodies in different positions.