They are professionals.
They have learned their lines.
They are waiting to make their entrance.
They are ready to begin.
Part theatrical memoir, part safety announcement, The Beginning is the second in a trilogy of works taking Shakespearean stage directions as starting points for performance and looks at what it means to begin. Because he has promised never to perform again, Michael Pinchbeck has invited Nicki Hobday and Ollie Smith to join him in remembering how it feels to perform for the first time.
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Developed at Lakeside Arts Centre (Nottingham), The Junction (Cambridge), Leeds Met Gallery and Studio Theatre and Loughborough University.
Photography by Julian Hughes