STORIES / STORIES IN ISOLATION

Catherine Turner

Catherine Turner is a photographer and designer based in Rowley Regis, West Midlands. Focussing on street and documentary photography, Catherine’s work shares poignant snapshots of daily life and family stories in the Black Country and beyond.⁣⁣

We invited Catherine Turner to share ‘Oldbury Rep’, a new body of work for Stories in Isolation, and to go back to actors who feature in the photographic series to find out how they’re coping in lockdown. Oldbury Rep was established in 1939 and is Sandwell’s only purpose-built theatre. Run entirely by volunteers, the theatre produces multiple plays each year and provides a source of entertainment as well as a lifeline for the local community and its team of dedicated members. Having spent 2019 documenting the theatre’s performers and back stage team, Catherine now wonders how the current closure during the Covid-19 pandemic is effecting not only the future of the theatre, but the wellbeing of its’ members, many of whom dedicate hours and hours of their time to keep the threatre alive.

To see the rest of Catherine’s work, see the ‘Oldbury Rep’ gallery on this project page.