Christ­mas belles are all a-jin­gle


What a bril­liant year it’s been for Ian Har­man.

His set for the Welling­ton Circa pro­duc­tion of Pip Hall’s Ache and his cos­tumes for The Mystery of Ed­win Drood also at Circa, won him Set De­signer of the Year and Cos­tume De­signer of the Year at the Welling­ton The­atre Awards on Sun­day night.

‘‘For Ed­win Drood, I had to come up with Vic­to­rian cos­tumes for 34 peo­ple in two weeks.’’

Ian says the ac­knowl­edg­ments cap a really ex­cit­ing and ful­fill­ing year, es­pe­cially as he’s a rel­a­tive new­comer to set de­sign.

‘‘I was really sur­prised I got both. It was a great evening really.’’

Since Septem­ber, Ian has been work­ing ‘‘seven days a week’’ on a va­ri­ety of the­atri­cal projects, in­clud­ing Abbey Mu­si­cal The­atre’s The Bri­tish In­va­sion, and cos­tume de­sign for Cen­tre­point’s The Boys at the Beach.

His first gig this year was as de­signer, cos­tu­mier and per­former in Com­edy Cabaret II di­rected by Rima Te Wi­ata at Ro­torua’s Blue Baths, fol­lowed there by The Lola Show, reprised later in Palmer­ston North dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral Solo sea­son in The Dark Room.

Ian also de­signed set and cos­tumes for Cen­tre­point’s Mid­sum­mer, and in Au­gust there was the sell-out sea­son at the Globe of his bur­lesque show, Ho­tel D’Amour.

On Fri­day, his year fin­ishes with a flour­ish in the Christ­mas bur­lesque Jin­gle All the Way.

Since 2007 his Boom Boom Room troupe have reg­u­larly pre­sented glam revue-style shows over­seen by the in­com­pa­ra­ble puck­ish trans-sex­ual pres­tidig­i­ta­tor, Mr Lola Il­lu­sion.

Mem­bers of the orig­i­nal troupe are back for the Christ­mas themed show: There’s Lola of course, Miss Yula La, Miss Hol­lie Berry, Miss Costa De Mil­lion and Miss Veron­ica Doll in a bub­bly tin­sel-tinged, mistle­toe mwah-ed, ex­otic ex­trav­a­ganza of beads and boas, feath­ers and fish­nets, se­quins and lace all held to­gether by a provoca­tively and loosely tied Christ­mas bow.

Ex­pect a taste­ful, lav­ishly pre­sented Yule­tide tease with plenty of red, white, green and Christ­mas gold. The show be­gins in Globe I Fri­day at 9pm.

Hol­lie Berry and Costa De Mil­lion will work out who’s naughty or nice dur­ing bur­lesque show Jin­gle All the Way

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