Mousetrap at The Rat Trap, Swindon

Todays photo shoot was with the cast of the long running Agatha Christie play The Mousetrap which is due to play at The Wyvern Theatre Swindon next February. Where else could it take place but at The Rat Trap Pub in Stratton. And of course a nice bunch of people they were as well.

It was very very sunny outside and so made shooting outside not as easy as it could have been (and it was cold). Inside of course was no problem. I also used my Nikon d800 for the first time. Can anybody see the difference between the two cameras, which shots are on which camera??

Another enjoyable few hours I reckon.

Boogie Nights Hits Swindon in a big way at the Wyvern Theatre



Last night I went to the opening night of the hit West End show Boogie Nights at Swindon Wyvern Theatre. What a night, it was great. It was so much fun. All of the cast were great and for the most seemed to be enjoying themselves. The audience took a little while to let go and get up and dance in the isles but by the end I think everybody apart from a few who were unable to stand, were up and dancing, YMCA went down particularly well not least because Chico had his shirt off and even I have to say he was ‘buff’.
Just one slight criticism if any was that the sound was not quite right. I think some of the mic’s were not set up or working properly but to be honest didnt spoil it that much.

The photo above is one I took at the photoshoot a few weeks ago where I chatted to the cast and again have to say what fun they were.

My advice, go see, if you have any 70’s gear, wear it and dont forget to stand up and dance.

Ben Nealon of Soldier Soldier Meets Swindon Soldiers

Yesterday I had a lovely time photographing the actor Ben Nealon OBE at the Wyvern Theatre who was meeting a couple of local TA Soldiers from A Squadron Royal Yeomanry. Why, well Ben was a star of the hit TV series Soldier Soldier and was here to meet the press in advance of his performances in ‘Go Back To Murder’ at the Wyvern Theatre. (See the Press Release below). Ben received his OBE last year for his charity work with Pump Aid which he started over 10 years ago. And he is a really nice guy as well. A pleasure to work with.


The Agatha Christie Company will bring Go Back To Murder to the Wyvern’s stage from Monday 8 to Saturday 13 April. Ahead of performances in Swindon, Ben made a visit to the theatre on Wednesday 13 March to meet with ‘A Squadron’, one of five Royal Yeomanry Squadrons.

Ben Nealon, who is fondly remembered for his role as Captain Jeremy Forsyth in the long running ITV drama Soldier, Soldier, leads a heavyweight cast including prolific stage and TV actress Liza Goddard; child actress and grown-up screen-star and cover model Sophie Ward; Robert Duncan, fondly remembered for his role as jargon spouting chief executive Gus Hedges in Channel 4’s Drop The Dead Donkey; Gary Mavers, ITV’s Peak Practices’ smouldering medic Andrew Attwood; and Lysette Anthony who has been described as the ‘face of the eighties’ by super photographer David Bailey;

“Soldier, Soldier was on TV when I was growing up as an army cadet and my brother and I used to tune in every week to see what the King’s Fusiliers were up to,” said Captain Matt Fincham, Unit Press Officer/Spokesman, Royal Yeomanry. “It’s fair to say it inspired me to join the army as a regular, which in turn led me to the TA when I left.”

“Swindon’s ‘A Squadron’ is one of five Royal Yeomanry Squadrons which, equipped with RWMIK Landrovers, fulfil a ‘Light Cavalry’ role, providing reconnaissance to tell the rest of the army what the enemy are doing. The Yeomanry and the TA as a whole is increasingly used to support the regular army on operations worldwide.”

In addition to meeting with ‘A Squadron’, the Soldier, Soldier star will invite audiences in Swindon to donate to Help for Heroes after each performance of Agatha Christie’s Go Back For Murder. The charity delivers an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. They aim to inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential.

“I am delighted that the Wyvern will be supporting Help For Heroes,” says Theatre Director Derek Aldridge. “Wiltshire is a county with a very close relationship with our forces and I know our audiences will be keen to support them.”

Go Back For Murder is a classic ‘Whodunit’ packed with intrigue, murder and suspense and one of over a dozen plays from the pen of the great Dame Agatha Christie. Go Back For Murder was adapted by Christie in 1960 from her novel Five Little Pigs, editing out the legendary detective Poirot for the stage version. Christie has sold over 2 billion books and is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

Suspects, secrets, and suspense abounds in this new production of Go Back for Murder at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, from Monday 8 to Saturday 13 April. Book tickets today at or by calling the Ticket Office on 01793 524 481.