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Heart Shaped Vinyl: The 60s (Promo)

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.

Heart Shaped Vinyl - Behind the scenes
Heart Shaped Vinyl – Behind the scenes at Devious Theatre HQ. Photo: Ken McGuire

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.

Heart Shaped Vinyl 60s poster concept photo - the before shot
Heart Shaped Vinyl 60s poster concept photo – the before shot
Heart Shaped Vinyl 60s poster concept photo - the after shot
Heart Shaped Vinyl 60s poster concept photo – the after shot

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.

Simone Kelly as Julie in Heart Shaped Vinyl with Devious Theatre. Photo: Ken McGuire
Simone Kelly as Julie in Heart Shaped Vinyl with Devious Theatre. Photo: Ken McGuire
John Morton as Gerry and Simone Kelly as Julie in Heart Shaped Vinyl. Photo: Ken McGuire
John Morton as Gerry and Simone Kelly as Julie in Heart Shaped Vinyl. Photo: Ken McGuire

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.

 

Simone Kelly as Julie in a colour-adjusted promo for Heart Shaped Vinyl
Simone Kelly as Julie in a colour-adjusted promo for Heart Shaped Vinyl
Bandmates Gerry and Julie grabbing a smoke for Heart Shaped Vinyl's 60s promo. Photo: Ken McGuire
Bandmates Gerry and Julie grabbing a smoke for Heart Shaped Vinyl’s 60s promo. Photo: Ken McGuire

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.

Thumbing a lift in the 60s for Heart Shaped Vinyl (Before)
Thumbing a lift in the 60s for Heart Shaped Vinyl (Before)

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.

Thumbing a lift in the 60s for Heart Shaped Vinyl (After)
Thumbing a lift in the 60s for Heart Shaped Vinyl (After)

Oh, and the final lead promo image used?

Heart Shaped Vinyl - Finished 60s Promo Image
Heart Shaped Vinyl – Finished 60s Promo Image

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.

 

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; lover of all things food and music. Currently working on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game.

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