has been one of my major interests for many years. The costume is the actor's second skin, helping him or her to embody the character they are bringing to life. The variety of costumes needed is endless - accurate historical reproductions, total fantasy, realistic modern dress - the list goes on. They also need to fit well and be robust enough to stand years of use and washing.
I have created whole rows of costumes for Magic Factory's The
Window , The Last Adventure and Uncle Vanya, as well
as the costumes
Kings, a traditional mediaeval Christmas play
produced by Rudolf Steiner House. I also contributed to the 72
costumes needed for the Landor Theatre's acclaimed production of Sondheim's Follies in
September 2006, as well as constructing costumes for the "STAR WARS" exhibition at County Hall in 2007 and Zenith's production of "David Copperfield " in 2008/9. Most recently I designed and made the costumes for "The Gift" at the Greenwich Playhouse in late 2009.
With all my designs, be they
for theatre, fashion or even liturgical use, shapes and colours
are equally important. However, the major feel of the era or the
general atmosphere suggested by the play itself is the main factor
in my designs. A thorough reading will give me my key colour scheme, be it highly contrasting bright colours or
a relatively pale and sophisticated palette. Rich ornamentation
and a variety of textures are also features of my costume
design where appropriate - I feel an audience deserves an absorbing stage picture.