The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh has a reputation for producing and presenting some of the best in new drama. This year marks fifty years since the theatre opened its doors in 1963 and to mark their anniversary the Theatre had offered 50 writers a year long attachment to the Traverse. Writers were invited to take part in a series of tailor-made writing events throughout 2013, including panel discussions and workshops. The year-long attachment will culminate in a new writing festival featuring some of the work developed by the Traverse Fifty throughout the year. At the end of the process three of the writers will be offered seed commissions.
To help support this the theatre took on fifty photographers each with the brief of producing a portrait of one of the fifty writers that they would be paired with and which would ultimately form part of an exhibition later in the year as part of the anniversary celebrations.
I was teamed up with Alison Carr. Alison is an award winning writer based in Newcastle and after I was put in touch with Alison we managed to get together and arrange a bit of a photo-shoot in Newcastle. Whilst the final picture that Alison and I chose for the exhibition was to remain under wraps until the launch yesterday I can now show the picture (below) that came out of meeting Alison and which will be exhibited along with the rest up in the Traverse Theatre from now until November 2nd.
I’d like to say cheers to Alison for being a good sport and for putting up with my “can we just go over there” requests as we meandered around town looking for possible picture opportunities and hopefully this portrait reflects Alison and captures part of her character.