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Shooting with Light

A scene from Shooting with Light. Photo: Christa Holka A scene from Shooting with Light. Photo: Christa Holka
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This new devised piece from Idle Motion documents the career of Gerda Taro, the first female photojournalist to cover a war from the front line. Using a mix of physical theatre, projection and spoken dialogue, Shooting With Light unravels Taro’s career from her flight from Nazi Germany and meeting the photographer Andre Friedmann (aka Robert Capa) in Paris, to her death during the Battle of Brunete in the Spanish Civil War.

As a dramatic device, Idle Motion incorporates the hunt for a collection of missing negatives that should complete a major gap in the late Capa’s distinguished portfolio. Switching between the two time zones, the narrative gradually develops into a powerful piece of theatre, with Kate Stanley’s intricate direction capturing the passion and drive of Taro’s career without losing sight of the love story that frames it.

Designer Ellen Nabarro has crafted a convoluted but effective composite set, that also acts as a projection screen displaying potent images of Taro’s work. A committed cast blends the physical and naturalistic styles seamlessly, with Julian Spooner and Sophie Cullen the focus as Friedmann and Taro. The two develop a refreshingly honest romance that grounds this flamboyant theatrical style and gives the narrative its heart.

Dates: March 24-April 11, then touring until May 9. PN March 26

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Verdict
A flamboyant, satisfying piece of theatre that’s grounded by the integrity of its central love story
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