Jay Brooks created the images for the poster and the press campaign for Zoonation’s madcap hip hop production of The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party opening soon at The Roundhouse.
The show, a co-production between the Royal Ballet and The Roundhouse, will open at the end of December and run for most of January 2017.
Set in a ‘mental health facility’, Zoonation’s hip hop version puts a twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice and her adventures in their own exuberant and yet accessible style. Originally staged at The Royal Opera House in 2014, it was written and is directed by Zoonation’s founder and director Kate Prince with music by DJ Walde and Josh Cohen.
ZooNation creates irresistible narrative hip hop dance theatre. The company has won nationwide acclaim with its hugely popular shows, including Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Playfully drawing on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, Artistic Director Kate Prince and her company present brilliantly exuberant dance adventures overflowing with energy and wit.
Jay Brooks shot Lenny Henry in a gangster style for the forthcoming Donmar Warehouse production of ‘The Irresistible Rise of Arturo Ui’.
Sir Lenny will play the eponymous Arturo in the play by Bertolt Brecht, a satire on the rise of Hitler set in the gangster world of 1930s Chicago where the dictator collides and coalesces with Al Capone.
With its savage critique of demagoguery and the corruption and manipulation of power it has a message for our times:
If we could learn to look instead of gawking,
We’d see the horror in the heart of farce,
If only we could act instead of talking,
We wouldn’t always end up on our arse.
This was the thing that nearly had us mastered;
Don’t yet rejoice in his defeat, you men!
Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard,
The bitch that bore him is in heat again.
The Dublin agency Rothco commissioned Katie Quinn Davies to shoot the finest and most delicious of all possible Christmases for Tesco Ireland.
Katie has a very ‘holistic’ approach to her work. It is understandable as her CV includes both design and food blogging, as well as photography. As you can see from the behind the scenes pictures, she also art directed and styled all the images for the campaign.
The campaign has rolled out across Irish billboards this week.
The brewers Marstons hired Gavin Watson to create the story for their “From Burton With Love” ad campaign and product launch. The idea was to get back their roots in their home town of Burton on Trent with a cast of employees, their friends and families; an ideal vehicle for Gavin’s blend of reportage and high energy realism.
Marstons, one of the great names in British beer – their Pedigree ale is an all time classic – have decided to update both their profile and their product range for the age of craft beers and microbreweries. The campaign goes back to the very roots of the business in the home town of British brewing and aligns Marstons with what their marketing director Lee Williams described as “the authenticity and simplicity of the new beer scene.”
Given the brief, Gavin’s style was the perfect fit and, as it says in the foreword of his book ‘Skins and Punks’, he has the ability to make ‘ordinary’ people look like legends. The campaign characters were all street cast either from the Marstons workforce, including head brewer Pat McGinty, or the general population of Burton and the story was shot in various locations in the brewery and the town.
“I wanted places that people would recognise,” Gavin said, talking about the choices of key locations and local landmarks, “I wanted to capture the spirit of a place – making it look as dramatic but as real as possible – about what it is to live and breathe in this town. The ‘secondary town’ thing resonates with me. Burton still has its industry and it filled me with joy when I came to a town that still means something.
It’s in the blood; in the water. If you’re going to live, grow and die in this town you’re going to be connected to brewing in some way. You can sense it as soon as you get off the train.”
Art direction and the ideas that inspired the campaign come from Big Al’s Creative Emporium.
Rebecca Miller met up with The Lemon Twigs, aka Brian and Michael D’Addario, in Brooklyn for a shoot for Noisey.
The Lemon Twigs first album ‘Do Hollywood’ is exploding with precocious talent and already counts Alice Cooper and Elton John amongst its fans. Their musical knowledge and sophistication belies the fact that they are still in their teens, as Noisey puts it “They’re a meticulous team, creating a beautifully baroque psych mélange of The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Do Hollywood, is a feast of prog-pop curves, demented fairground refrains, and unexpected time signatures. They excel at lushly harmonised codas—jaunty one minute, forlorn the next—and neatly applied patinas of strings and brass. It’s an ambitious maximalist kind of pop.”
“When the D’Addario brothers talk about their childhood, it seems half their recollections are not memories but rather flashbacks of seeing themselves in home videos. There’s footage of the boys watching Yellow Submarine, the Dave Clarke Five movie, and The Monkees TV show. In one clip Michael sits in front of a keyboard trying to play “Strawberry Fields” (“I just didn’t have the capacity at five years old”). They’d obsessively watch the exhaustive doc The Beatles Anthology. “We know all eight parts and every aspect of their story,” declares Brian. “There’s nothing anyone could tell us about The Beatles that we wouldn’t know.”
“Along with being encyclopedic Beatles nerds, the pair have each mastered bass, keys, guitar, and drums, although onstage they switch off between the latter two instruments, each taking their turn to sing lead. “It’s weird to me that people couldn’t sing or do harmonies because we’ve been doing that since we were really little—our mom and dad taught us to do that,” offers Brian. “There’s a video of us putting our fingers in our ears, gathered around an unplugged mic, doing simple harmonies.”
Pip was commissioned for another shoot by Marks and Spencer, this time for their new LTD Menswear campaign, shot on the banks of the Thames.
Creative direction was by Ruth Bewsey @ Daisy London, with styling by Dan May @ CLM and grooming by Tim Pateman @ Fox Represents. The model is Oli Lacey @ Next.