Volunteers from the Southchurch Hall Inspirational Parkers - a group that meets fortnightly to clean up Southchurch Hall Gardens in Southend. The small park is home to a Grade I listed medieval moated house, duck ponds and gardens, but in recent years has suffered from litter, pollution and general neglect. From my project 'The Soup'.
Gabriela Romaria, Artist
Photographed for the centenary of my local theatre, the Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, David is the Palace Theatre Club’s archivist. He has been voluntarily cataloging and sorting various programmes, photographs, posters and scrapbooks, most of which have been acquired through donations. Pride of place is the earliest programme, for ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’, performed in January 1920. The club own the artefacts but the Palace Theatre’s lessee, HQ Theatres, has provided a room at the theatre for the collection. I photographed David in the archive, which in fact was previously a Gents toilet which was converted to an office in the late 1970s. Whilst David catalogues items in the archive, other volunteers in the next room are busy scanning every page of every programme so that the collection can be digitised.
Photographed for the centenary of my local theatre, the Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, technician Michael is responsible for “teching shows” in the Dixon Studio (a secondary stage at the Palace) - this includes building sets and programming the sound and lights. He is also the ‘operator’ during shows there. The Dixon Studio opened in September 1982, and was originally designed as a rehearsal stage, but also staged cabaret, small-scale touring theatre, puppets and dance. About 90% of local amateur dramatic groups have performed here, and this is on the increase since the local Empire Theatre closed down. I photographed Michael on the stage in the Dixon, midway through a run of Edinburgh Festival comedy previews.