Whatever theatre actors do during the day, each evening they go on stage to give a performance as “somebody else”. The dressing room is a physical space that allows for concentration and privacy so the psychological negotiation between the actor and this fictional character can take place. When ‘The Half’ is called over the loudspeaker backstage, it is the start of a 35 minute countdown to facing the audience and there is no escape.
It is rare to see actors at this point in their work. Over 25 years SIMON ANNAND has been given unprecedented access to photograph this in-between world that the audience never sees.
Prints available at www.salzundsilber.de.
Exhibited at the V&A Museum, Idea Generation Gallery, Scarborough Art Gallery and Stephen Joseph Theatre, National Theatre, The Lowry, Theatre Museum
Published by Faber & Faber.