Monday, 27 October 2014

Life is a Cabaret Part 2

Its now 3 weeks since the end of Cabaret run at the Mac, and that means its well overdue for Part 2 of Cabaret costume blog.  The tidy up is over, and all costumes have been returned to the hire company's or stored away for a possible revival.

This time its all about the Emcee, who was wonderfully played by Patrick J. O'Reilly.  Patrick had shared a personal story of his during a photo shoot that he had always dreamed about playing the role.  I believe the role was made for him.
Emcee had quite a few costumes, some consisting of more fabric and coverage than others.  P.J was up for adventurous costumes and always gave his very welcomed thoughts on his costume. 

Costume sketch for the opening number 'Wilkommen'

Photography by Neil Harrison Photography.
Perfect leather jacket find in Oxfam. Superbly lit by James McFetridge and set against Stuart Marshall's broken down set.
Costume sketch for Emcee
Turned into reality for the photoshoot.
Lit up stage.
A little less costuming required for this scene! 
Sketch for 'Two ladies'
Lederhosen from The Rusty Zip. Hat from my collection, kilt socks from Edinburgh, Irish dancing shoes from the internet.

The final scene involved a new make.  It was possible to buy striped pjamas on the High Street, but the stripes were too fine and the fabric too lightweight to have any substance and impact on stage. 
Stencils and felt patches recreate the disturbing uniform of the concentration camps.
It was important that the striped pjamas looked used and this called for them to be 'broken down'.  My sister Kathryn works in the Breakdown department at Game of Thrones so I employed her expertise.  This gives the garment more effect and impact on stage.  This costume in the final scene caused the audience to gasp, and consider the impact of the production.
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Till next time, on with the show!


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