Three Minute Heroes: The Photo Shoot

Posted on 9 June 2014

Having recently announced the return of 2 Tone Musical, Three Minute Heroes, to the Belgrade this October, the Communications team have now set to work on creating the imagery for the show. This week saw Senior Youth Theatre participant, Danielle Bresling and ex-Black Youth Theatre participant Daniel Christie, take part in a photo shoot as they the posed for an atmospheric black and white photo, that would perfectly capture the 2 Tone generation and the mood of the production.

Inspired by the music of The Selecter and The Specials and the 2 Tone scene, Three Minute Heroes is an affectionate tribute that was a smash hit success when it was first produced at the Belgrade in 2000. Written and directed by Bob Eaton, join five local heroes as they bond, fight, love and play their way through the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

Needing two young models to represent characters from the show, the Communications team offered the opportunity out to the Belgrade’s Community & Education participants, Danielle Bresling and Daniel Christie, to take part in the photo shoot. With acting experience under her belt, Danielle has most recently appeared in the Belgrade Youth production of Pronoun in the role of Dean. Daniel has also been involved with the Belgrade Community Company, as he also participated in the Critical Mass programme for aspiring playwrights from BME backgrounds. Also in attendance at the photo shoot was film-maker, Jon Randle, who filmed elements of the shoot for use in the Three Minute Heroes trailer which is currently being created to promote the production.

Director of Communications and Photographer on the shoot, Nicola Young said:

“Capturing an image for the Three Minute Heroes poster was an exciting challenge. Photographs from this period would not have been digital. A black and white image with lots of contrast and a bit of graininess would really help to recreate something with the right feel to it. With two great young models from our C&E company, and some costumes from our wardrobe store, we planned to head out into the familiar surroundings of Coventry’s Upper Precinct, but on the day we had booked the heavens decided to open and we had to relocate to a dryer indoor location. Luckily the staircase behind the Belgrade offices has a similar feel to it and with some clever lighting and a higher shutter speed on my camera we managed to get the right shot. The aim was to get something fresh but moody and a little gritty to reflect the emotion of the play and also fit into the fantastically graphic poster design. I’ve admired lots of photographs taken over this period and hopefully we’ve managed to capture that feel.”