British photographer Joanna Vestey has created a collection of poignant and thought-provoking photographs of theatres and their custodians in the United Kingdom.
Across the continents, from coast to coast, the performing arts industry has been dealt a difficult hand. Covid-19 has dictated that theatre venues remain closed, which means arts workers and venues alike are struggling to stay afloat.
Vestey captured behind-the-scenes moments when the theatre custodians were in empty theatres. They range from key holders, front of house managers, master carpenters to other essential caretakers and players.
THE ROYAL COURT THEATRE
Robert Smael – Bar & Kitchen Manager
THE OLD VIC
Danny Krohm – Front of House Manager
“The performing arts need to be saved now. Not next week, or next month. If they die, an ecosystem this intricate and evolved cannot be rebuilt from scratch”
– Sam Mendes, Film and Theatre Director
Gerhard Maritz – Keyholder
set design elements: Natasha Jenkins for “The High Table” by Temi Wilkey
THE YOUNG VIC
set design elements: Tom Piper for “Nora: A Doll’s House” by Stef Smith
LYRIC HAMMERSMITH THEATRE
Sian Alexander – Executive Director