from left: Hermia (Gwen Taylor) and Lysander (Oliver Smith), Titania
(Susan Brown) and her Fairy entourage and Bottom (Tony Rohr) as an ass
with the Mechanicals.
Yes, it seems a long time ago now! I remember the budget for costumes
was £40 (set was £600). There was a lady called Mrs Thomas
who was the 'wardrobe mistress' and who also did all the front of house
laundry in a handbasin in the small dressing room designated as The
Wardrobe. It was tough going as there was no history of designing costumes
at the Gateway. The resident designers (2), and their workshop team
(4), were far more interested in the sets and consequently left the
actors and Mrs Thomas to their own devices on the costume front. It
clearly seemed a good idea to have the Arts Council sponsored assistant
to do the costumes on their big anniversary show; it gave the actors
a treat and fulfilled the theatre's obligation to the Arts Council to
give me some designing to do!
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