An update to the post here.
Streater's ceiling painting on multiple panels was one that I wanted to try and depict, this is the best I got. I'm not totally happy with it and the detail shot of the central panel gives an impression of the quality of Charles II's court painter. I had also hoped to get a closer view of the organ (or rather the new electronic organ that was used to replace the old worn out one), but was again frustrated by the lack of access on a "public" day. This shot, right, connects the organ pipes to the celestial bodies, I hope to get closer to the organ at a later date.
The chap in the centre and to his left his assistant were discussing with the management of the theatre details prior to them holding a charity concert in June. Sometime after this discussion finished I fell into conversation with them and it turns out that they will sponsor a concert with the Cape Town Opera as a fund raiser in June at this theatre. I wondered whether he had a photographer for the event and on finding that they hadn't, I volunteered. Assuming there are no complications I will join the event on the afternoon of 11th June to record the rehearsal, the subsequent champagne reception and then the evening performance. I have been told that I will have "access all areas", which means that a private function will enable me to obtain shots that were barred due to this being a "public day".
Up into the loft which had a couple of interesting features, firstly the model of the roof construction detail that Wren, with the help of Wallis, had convinced the University would provide the current unsupported roof and, secondly, access to the cupola, where I had hoped to gain some shots of the "dreaming spires". Well the windows and rain put paid to the idea of capturing the spires in any great detail, but the model of the roof construction, which seems to float below the roof supports was one that I was able to get. I used flash to help decouple the model fro the background.
A couple of shots to help give colour to the set. The first being a statue of a "player" holding masks to denote an actor and another which I took a like to due to the play of light coming through these very large windows.
To be continued