The writer of Exposure, Frank Whately, is known personally to Director, Sandy Tyndale-Biscoe, and intrigued him by describing a play he’d written about the 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. The play had been well received at the 2003 Edinborough Fringe, but the publishers Samuel French had rejected it as they considered it technically too demanding for amateur production. This, of course, was an irresistable challenge to anyone associated with Gweek Players, winners of the Cornwall Drama Association technical award for our production of The 39 Steps.
In a short play, that allows, indeed encourages, improvisation from the actors, Exposure presents, in a chronological melange (Muybridge was hailed as the “man who stopped time”), important events in Muybridge’s life, with time passing, stopping and reversing.
When searching for something to accompany Exposure, Sandy came across Don Nigro’s Charlie and the Siberian Monkey Goddess. As a component of his The Chaplin Plays, this stands well on its own, and is both funny, moving and philosophically challenging.