RSC hunts for new young theatre photographers

Steve Orme

The Royal Shakespeare Company has opened a photography competition for 16- to 25-year-olds, with the winners commissioned to take rehearsal photos for the RSC’s four Shakespeare productions in its spring 2018 season.

RSC image manager Michelle Morton said, “the aim of our competition is not only to provide an incredible opportunity for young people to experience the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company but could also be a real step towards a professional career in theatre photography.

“We hope that as a result we’ll see new talent in the world of theatre photography which can only have a positive impact on helping to support the work of theatre companies.”

The winners will take photos of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, the touring production of Hamlet and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Anyone who wants to enter the contest should submit only one photo which needs to feature at least one person. The competition closes on Sunday 3 December. Details about how to enter can be found at the RSC web site.

Young people who want to enter the competition can post the photo they wish to be judged on Instagram, tagging @TheRSCKey in the photo and using the hashtag #RSCPhotoComp, before the competition closes at 11:59PM on Sunday 3 December. Entries will then be shortlisted and the four winners will be announced on Monday 18 December.

Three of the judges are leading theatre photographers Manuel Harlan, Helen Maybanks and Topher McGrillis. They will be joined by the RSC’s deputy artistic director Erica Whyman, RSC director of communications Liz Thompson and RSC image manager Michelle Morton.