Shakespeare's Dream by Bob Culshaw


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A 5 frame Panorama, shot in RAW, tonemapped in Photomatix Pro, stitched in Autopano Pro and finished in CS4. Taken on The Great West Country Getaway 2010


This is the Stage area of the Minack Theatre which is an open air Theatre built on the side of a cliff in Cornwall, England. The Theatre if famous for it’s productions of plays written by William Shakespeare. Even Shakespeare himself could never have dreamed of seeing his plays performed at such a dramatic setting. Where is there a better setting for a production of ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ performed on the evening of Midsummer?

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM Lens at 17mm, ISO 100, f22, 3 shots of each frame -2,0,+2 EV’s to create HDR image. Size 27ins x 17ins

500 viewings and 36 favouritings at 30th September 2010

The Minack Theatre is an open-air theatre, constructed above a gully with a rocky granite outcrop jutting into the sea (minack from Cornish meynek means a stony or rocky place). The theatre is located near Porthcurno, 4 miles (6.4 km) from Land’s End in Cornwall, United Kingdom.

The theatre was the brainchild of Rowena Cade, who lived at Minack House overlooking Porthcurno Bay. In 1929, a local village group of players had staged Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a nearby meadow, repeating the production the next year. They decided that their next production would be The Tempest and Miss Cade offered the garden of her house as a suitable location, as it was beside the sea. Miss Cade and her gardener made a terrace and rough seating, hauling materials down from the house or up via the winding path from the beach below. In 1932, The Tempest was performed with the sea as a dramatic backdrop, to great success. Miss Cade resolved to improve the theatre, toiling hard over the course of the winter months each year throughout her life (with the help of Billy Rawlings and Charles Angove) so that others might perform each summer.

In 1944, the theatre was used as a location for the Gainsborough Studios film Love Story, starring Stewart Granger and Margaret Lockwood but inclement weather forced them to retreat to a studio mock-up. In 1955, the first dressing rooms were built. Since 1976 the theatre has been registered as a Charitable Trust and is now run by a local management team. Rowena Cade died on 26 March 1983, at the age of 89.

Nowadays, the theatre is used from June to September for a full summer season of 17 plays, produced by companies from all over the UK and visiting companies from the USA. The theatre is open for visitors throughout the rest of the year. The 75th Anniversary of Minack was celebrated with a production of The Tempest in August 2007, directed by Simon Taylor and performed by the Winchester College Players.
(Source: Wikipedia)
A Link to the history of the Theatre can be found Here

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  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellalmost 5 years ago

    The Dream it is – Gorgeous work and thanks for the history Bob:)

  • Thank you so much Svetlana, I always appreciate your comments.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 5 years ago

    A great shot Bob I would have liked to have seen this place. x

  • Thank you Irene. Yes shame you missed it – it is very spectacular. xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent capture of an iconic theatre stage, the contrast between the stone work and the ocean is perfect. Great work Bob

  • Thank you David, I always value your thoughtful comments.

    – Bob Culshaw

    SWEEPERalmost 5 years ago

    Went to see “Mid Summer Nights Dream” a few years ago , perched near the top row of seating , felt very precarious but the atmosphere and performance were electrifying . Have you tried adding a few transparent characters ??

  • Hi Phil, you lucky monkey you! I would love to see that. No I hadn’t thought of adding some figures – perhaps I will on a rainy day – hopefully in September!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • wildone
    wildonealmost 5 years ago

    lovely image

  • Thank you so much for your comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKalmost 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Thank you Etienne.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalalmost 5 years ago

    Well captured Bob.

  • Thank you so much Howard.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • igotmeacanon
    igotmeacanonalmost 5 years ago

    looks great bob, nice tonemapping

  • Thanks Pete, that’s particularly appreciated coming from you – I really like all your work.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...almost 5 years ago

    Stunning capture Bob. Any idea what happened to Amanda? She has left RB.

  • Thank you so much Richard I appreciate that. No I don’t know what has happened – am trying to find out.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Amanda now back as Amanda Holmes.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • kenmatcham
    kenmatchamalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful shot Bob, really like it.

  • Thank you so much Ken, appreciated.

    – Bob Culshaw

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