Since COVID-19 and the closure of theatres, more than 70% of self employed workers in the creative industries are worried they will not be able to pay their bills (BECTU Union), including close to 50% not eligible for any government support (The Stage). 


As a sector built on creativity, we have been known to innovatively turn every threat to an opportunity and the current pandemic is no exception. Theatre professionals are adapting, repurposing their skillset,  as a way to survive financially, remain resilient to the evolving world, to exist meaningfully for the community and play an active role in the fight against Coronavirus.


Theatre photographer Ali Wright's series My Latest Role is a collection of environmental portraits to tell the stories of these theatre key workers. 

Ali is a photographer specialising in theatre and performance.

Ali has a strong theatrical background having previously worked as a performer, theatre-maker and director. Ali has taken photographs for The Royal Court, Complicité, Almeida Theatre, Bush Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, The Orange Tree, Arcola Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Watford Palace Theatre, Opera Holland Park, The Kiln, National Youth Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, The New Diorama, The Vaults, The Park Theatre, Polka Theatre and a huge range of fringe theatres.  Ali also has experience shooting shows in non theatrical spaces.  


Alongside her work as a production photographer, Ali also creates original photographic artwork for marketing campaigns for theatre shows and photographs at events for arts institutions. Her images have been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Stage, National Geographic, The Sun, The Financial Times, Time Out, The Metro, The Evening Standard, Lonely Planet and Vogue Italia's PhotoVogue.

More in this series are available at

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