I’ve been pretty busy these days working on my play for the Ottawa Fringe Festival and moving into a new apartment in Hintonburgh so I was pleased to learn that there was a cool new photography exhibit going on at the Wellington Bagel Shop. The exhibit features selections from professional photographer Alan Dean‘s extensive theatre portfolio. Alan Dean is nothing less than boon to the Ottawa theatre community and has photographed everything from Great Canadian Theatre Company shows, to University theatre, to Orpheus musicals.
While the photographs can be enjoyed by anyone, they will be of particular interest to those who have been involved in the Ottawa theatre community whether as audience members or performers.
My personal favourite pieces from this show are:
1. The ensemble shot of Ottawa University’s Our Country’s Good. I didn’t see this show and I enjoyed this one strictly as a piece of art. The lighting is quite striking.
2. The shot of Patricia Fagan from GCTC’s production of The Syringa Tree. This is a beautiful image. In my opinion one of the best photos I’ve seen (theatre or otherwise). For those that missed it, here is my review of that show. You can see another great shot from the show as well.
3. Another ensemble shot of the “pink ladies” from Orpheus’ production of Crazy For You.
I would love to see a calendar or book of all these images and some of the stories behind them. Lot’s of history here. Known locally as “The Bagel shop”, this establishment has hands down the best bagels in the city as well as a high quality deli. I recommend going for lunch and taking in this fun exhibit.