“Performance” by Rankin is a celebration of the enormous talent and resilience of London's theatreland, the cultural heart of the city, as it emerges from a devastating pandemic shutdown. Created in partnership with Official London Theatre and FUJIFILM House of Photography, with funding from the Mayor of London, as part of their Let’s Do London campaign this ambitious project captures the human face of London’s world leading theatre industry.
From star actors, dancers, writers, directors and producers to stage managers, dressers, designers, technicians, pit musicians, puppeteers, front of house staff, stage door keepers and countless more, Rankin captures a once-in-a- lifetime portrait of a West End reborn, featuring 150 subjects from nearly 60 of London’s top productions and venues. Interwoven with the portraits, the subjects reflect on their experience of the past eighteen months, with inspiring tales of hardship, perseverance, patience, innovation, despair and joy.
A new 120-page hardback colour book has been published to accompany the exhibition.