In the fall of 2017, I was asked to make my first poster for a theatrical production: James Graham’s “The Angry Brigade.” The play follows the real-life Angry Brigade, an anarchist group that was responsible for a series of bombings in the early 1970s.
The first act focused on members of a Scotland Yard special force tasked with hunting down those responsible for the bombings. The second act focuses on the Angry Brigade themselves. Since there were two elements to the play, I came up with the idea to make two separate posters, a first in our department’s advertising history. The posters would be very similar, but they would have one very distinct difference.
The posters made to evoke the Scotland Yard team feature red circles where they tracked previous bombings, while the posters made to evoke the Angry Brigade had photoshopped singe holes where the red marks were previously, to represent the bombings from the Brigade’s perspective. I also did some slight color changes to text to bring more red into the Brigade’s poster to represent the mindset of an anarchist.
The posters were made in Illustrator and Photoshop.