Shooting Shakespeare

Knowsley Council has big plans to capitalise on Shakespeare’s connections with Prescot. And I’ve been shooting the site that has won the council a planning award.


If I’d told you I knew all about Shakespeare’s connections with Prescot before this commercial photography commission for a planning magazine, well, I’d be lying. But the evidence for the town playing a significant part in the bard’s career is pretty strong.

As the Liverpool Echo reported recently, quoting Knowsley MP George Howarth, “Prescot was home to the only free-standing, purpose-built theatre outside London in the Elizabethan period, and there’s evidence some of Shakespeare’s earliest plays were performed in Prescot. If so, he would almost certainly have supervised such performances.”

Prescot is now capitalising on that connection with a new masterplan for the town centre which includes a new Shakespeare Theatre (already dubbed the Globe of the North).

Sue Callister & Bernard Greep

The blueprint has won a planning award, so my task was to capture the site that is due to be transformed, along with two of the people responsible for the transformation, Bernard Greep of planning partner Peter Brett Associates, and Sue Callister from Knowsley Council.

I took various shots of the site, some portrait images of Bernard and Sue, and some shots of the soon to be transformed area. There’s something rather odd about shooting a car park when the real interest in the image comes from not what it is, but what it will become. But once the new theatre is open, my shot may be one of the few to show what was there before.

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