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The Attitudes

A dramatic portrait project drawing on my previous career as an actor and shot to benefit charity Acting for Others.

Featuring a broad span of contemporary stage & screen performers, from Olivier winners to newly-minted drama school grads. Inspired by ‘The Attitudes,’ a school of acting that held sway for centuries, whereby actors learned specific postures to communicate emotions like fear, despair, joy, or love. There are nearly 100 in ‘Lessons in Acting’ (1870). Some seem deeply melodramatic or laugh-out-loud funny to a modern eye, others still ring true today.

Using one light and a textured background, shooting for no more than 30 minutes with each actor, we remade a classic pose or found its modern incarnation, trying to find the truth in each posture and feeling. About the project

The project was later exhibited at The Globe Theatre.

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'Lessons in Acting' (1870), including 100 + 'Attitudes'

An Attitude from 'The Attitudes'

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The Attitudes Logo

Page from the project book

'Hatred in Horror' David Gant

Stealth

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'Stealth' David Rintoul

Terry Huggett, 'Stealth', Access All Areas

Threatening

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Modern 'Threat' Nicholas Pinnock

Joy

Monica Dolan

'Joy' Monica Dolan

Fright

'Fright' Emilio Dorgasingh

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'Fright', Gina Beck

Horror

'Horror' Malcolm Sinclair

'Horror' David Fielder

Rage

'Rage' Tony Pitts

Despair

'Despair' Victoria Rigby

Courage

'Courage' Charity Wakefield

Silence

SIlence ' Gemma Arterton

Contemplation

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'Contemplation' Mark Springer

Mental Pain

'Mental Pain' Chizzy Akudolu

Anguish

'Anguish' Olivia Poulet

Hatred

DJ Hassan, Hatred, Access All Areas

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'Hatred', Sam Swainsbury

Fear

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'Fear', Gemma Arterton

'Fear', Gemma Arterton

Shouting

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'Modern Shouting' Femi Oyeniran

Hopelessness

'Hopelessness' Chris Logan

Attention

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'Attention' Susie Trayling

Rejection

'Rejection' Wil Johnson

Beseeching

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'Beseeching' Gina Beck

Faith

'Faith' Lisa Kerr

Love

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'Love' Fraser Ayres

Daydreaming

'Daydreaming' Malcolm Sinclair

Drunkenness

The Attitutudes

'Drunkenness' Thomas Coombes

Arrogance

'Arrogance' Martin Delaney

Jealousy

'Jealousy' Ben Addis

Enlightenment

'Enlightenment' Jackie Clune

Discouragement

The Attitutudes

'Discouragement' David Newman

Unpleasant Sounds

Unpleasant Sounds

'Unpleasant Sounds' Zoe Zak

Disguise

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'Disguise' Greg Haiste

Shame

'Shame' Matthew Durkan

Brown Study

'Brown Study' Matt Connor

Disconsolation

Kirsty Adams, 'Disconsolation', Access All Areas

Looking

Stephanie Newman, 'Looking', Access All Areas

Pondering

'Pondering' Beth Mullen

The Attitudes exhibit at The Globe Theatre

The Attitudes

The Attitudes exhibit at The Globe Theatre

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