Photographer Ali Wright curated the series of photographs to highlight the role played by self-employed theatre workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Stephanie Silver - Actor/Writer - Paediatric Nurse
Stephanie Silver - Actor/Writer - Paediatric Nurse © Ali Wright

The series of portraits features actors, writers, designers, directors, make-up artists, lighting designers, opera singers and more.

Speaking about the project, called My Latest Role, photographer Ali Wright said: “As a theatre photographer, I lost six months of work overnight and only qualified for a fraction of my previous wage.

“I was interested in discovering how other freelance theatre artists were coping in this new context. I soon discovered that many across the industry were taking up roles as Key Workers to financially survive, many having been excluded from government assistance, and volunteering as a way to help others in a time of crisis.

“My Latest Role has been a way for me to play my small part in amplifying the theatre workforces’ resilience, adaptability and generosity.”

The series celebrates the work of creative freelancers, particularly those that are currently unsure how they will able to benefit from the financial help the government has announced for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

See a selection of the portraits below.

Andrew Ellis - Lighting Designer
Andrew Ellis - Lighting Designer - Delivery Driver © Ali Wright
Ben Cook and Sophia Tuffin
Ben Cook and Sophia Tuffin - Stage Managers - Packing Food Parcels for Shielding People © Ali Wright
Hollie Olivia and Tanya Bridgeman
Hollie Olivia and Tanya Bridgeman - Actors - Supermarket Staff © Ali Wright
Liam Fleming
Liam Fleming - Actor/Director - Care Home Manager © Ali Wright
Paris Rivers
Paris Rivers - Special Effects/Makeup Artist - Funeral Service Operator © Ali Wright
Parvinder Shergill
Parvinder Shergill - Actor - Psychiatric Doctor © Ali Wright
Sarah O'Connor
Sarah O'Connor - Actor - Home Carer © Ali Wright
Simon Stallard and Ethan Taylor
Simon Stallard and Ethan Taylor - Actor Musicians - Care Home Staff © Ali Wright

To see all of the portraits, visit: https://www.mylatestrole.com/portraits

Ali Wright has urged those who are in a position to support to please consider making a donation to The Theatrical Guild, who offer direct support to theatre workers facing financial hardship – https://ttg.org.uk/donate/

To find out more about Ali Wright, visit her website: https://www.aliwrightphotography.com/ and follow her on:

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