Ed Fringe: Picture This

Hold on to your (Santa) hats: it’s time for another exciting edition of the Act/React blog! Your ol’ pal Amy Currie is back again this week – and with just a fortnight until we set off for the UK (note to self: start packing), now seemed as good a time as any to take a peek behind the scenes of our recent photoshoot.

When Natalie Bochenski and I found out that we’d be heading to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, we decided to give the show’s promotional materials a bit of extra sparkle.

Step one: new photos! Act/React has worked with a range of wonderful photographers, and Kris Anderson of Images by Anderson is one of our very favourites. Kris is sickeningly talented (he was recently named the 2019 AIPP Queensland Epson Professional Photographer of the Year!) and his eye-catching theatrical photography is second to none. Nat and I have collaborated with him on a huge range of projects over the years, both photographically and through improv comedy, as he also just happens to be one of Australia’s best improv musicians. In short: he is a top bloke, and we’re always thrilled to shoot with him.

Our photoshoot in his home studio was, as ever, great fun. In between my fevered attempts to Instagram his pets, he captured a series of images that really get across what our show is all about: me grinning like a wide-eyed Yuletide maniac while Natalie rolls her cynical, world-weary eyes in shuddering disgust.

A Very Liza Minelli Christmas Special (1987)

A Very Liza Minelli Christmas Special (1987)

Pure, unadulterated contempt.

Pure, unadulterated contempt.

I’m sure Natalie will like this present!

I’m sure Natalie will like this present!

Perhaps not.

Perhaps not.

We also got some awesome outtakes, which we present here for your amusement. Please be aware that the rumours of me attempting to steal Kris’ dog Lola by smuggling her out under my Christmas jumper are exactly that. It was all a hilarious misunderstanding, and nothing has been proven.

Modelling: not without its challenges.

Modelling: not without its challenges.

Armed with shiny new photographs and absolutely no suspiciously acquired toy cavoodles, it was time for the next step – a refresh of our poster and flyer. Keep an eye on our social media for the big reveal of our new poster courtesy of Sitting Pretty Graphics in the next few days!

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