2 YEARS ON
To celebrate the triumphant return of theatre The Theatre Cafe and myself are delighted to announce a collaboration with 2 YEARS ON. This exclusive charity poster features photographs from a range of West End and touring productions that have performed since the closure of theatres in 2020.
As well as celebrating the return of theatre, the main inspiration behind creating 2 YEARS ON was to give back the gift of theatre to those who don’t always have access to it. Therefore, all profits from the sales of 2 YEARS ON will be going towards providing free theatre tickets for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and carers & residents of care homes, people who were deeply affected by the pandemic.
The poster features casts from The Addams Family UK tour, Back to the Future, Bedknobs and Broomsticks UK tour, Bring It On, Chicago, The Choir of Man, Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ Cinderella, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage, Dreamgirls UK tour, The Drifters Girl, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie UK tour, Hairspray UK tour, Heathers the Musical, Heathers the Musical UK tour, Jersey Boys, & Juliet, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Little Women, Magic Goes Wrong, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, Matilda, Moulin Rouge, The Mousetrap, Only Fools and Horses, Pantoland At The Palladium, The Phantom of the Opera, The Play That Goes Wrong, Pretty Woman, The Prince of Egypt, Rock of Ages UK tour, Saturday Night Fever, School of Rock UK tour, Six, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, Waitress UK tour and Wicked.
Together with Sophie Ross (as part of a The Digi Creative) I’ve made a coffee table photo book as a celebration of the Arts Industry.
We’ve been working on this project since April 2021 and seeing it coming to live has been so special. We tried to showcase not just the performers, but everyone who makes the arts industry so special.
With more than 140 photoshoots with my friends, people I’ve worked with, people I want to work with and people I admire in a global pandemic I can proudly say this is the best project I’ve ever worked on.
The people in the book are all so beautiful and I feel so grateful they said yes when we asked them! We’ve had the best time creating this limited edition theatrical book with pics you can only see in the book
By nature, theatre is ephemeral. But with production photography, a show can last long after it has closed and reach audiences far beyond the auditorium. Capturing a show’s worth of moments in a just a few images, theatre photography not only immortalizes the artistry behind a show but also helps to solidify the identity of an entire production for years to come. Playbill caught up with London-based theatre photographer Danny Kaan about breaking into the theatre photography industry, his favorite memories behind his shots, and more.
In the time since, Kaan has become an in-demand theatre photographer, a role he doesn’t take for granted. “I genuinely don't see my job as work. I love it so much! It combines my passion for photography with my love for musical theatre and music. You can't make me happier than when I’m running from photo shoot to photo shoot, capturing the different atmospheres at each event. When I'm at a concert, a show, or event, I'm absolutely living my best life, and I see other people doing that too. I try to capture that moment, whether it's the performer or an audience member. I love the emotion in a photograph, and I love playing around with colours and the lights."