Take a look behind the scenes at some of the 1960s promo photographs for The Devious Theatre Company’s production of Heart Shaped Vinyl in May 2016.
With my theatre hat on, Devious Theatre returned to the stage at Cleere’s in May 2016 for a special tenth anniversary restaging of the company’s first original work, Heart Shaped Vinyl.
Presented in a mixtape format exploring the role and influence of music on relationships over the decades, the show is split into ‘tracks’ spanning the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, the early noughties and present day.
As with all Devious Theatre productions – or at least those staged in the past few years – we put a great effort into gathering pre-promo, promo and staged shots for the show.
Here’s a look at the sixties promo shots and staged live shots featuring John Morton as ‘Gerry’ and Simone Kelly as ‘Julie’. Promo shots were taken in Kilkenny city centre with the staged shots taken at Cleere’s Theatre, Kilkenny.
Heart Shaped Vinyl 60s Promo: Before & After
Everything starts with the hair and makeup, though in this game to you tend to be responsible for your own more often than not.
The goal for each decade shoot, promo-wise, was to create a single image that could be used as the LP cover (this was the approach given the nature of the production) for each decade. These shots show the before and after process work in choosing the final image which would serve as the decade’s teaser.
Some final touches were added in Photoshop and InDesign to create the finished poster – you’ll find these in a separate post shortly.
Some options ultimately went unused, including this not-previously seen black and white still of Simone Kelly as Julie and John Morton as Gerry. The ESB meter boxes would be removed for the print promo material, as show in the lead image above.
Whatever it was about the sixties, there sure was a lot of smoking (of herbal cigarettes in this case). Such was the showband scene in Ireland it seems.
As above, sometimes, it’s just those subtle changes in tone and colour management in post-production that can make all the difference when you’re chasing the style of an era.
When you know you’re going to be spending a lot of time in post, it’s important to leave enough room in the camera to be able to create the final shot, particularly if you want some breathing room to play with. In this case the original is too much of giveaway of the location and too modern, but the resulting crop (shot seconds apart) sealed the deal.
Oh, and the final lead promo image used?
Heart Shaped Vinyl, written by John Morton for The Devious Theatre Company, was staged at Cleere’s Theatre, Kilkenny from 18-21 and 25-28 May 2016.