WWardrobe talk at in­sti­tute’s lat­est meet­ing

Macclesfield Express - - CHINESE NEW YEAR -

PREST­BURY WI kicked off its 2015 pro­gramme with a visit from some vol­un­teers who work in the arts.

‘The tri­als and tribu­la­tions of be­ing a wardrobe mis­tress’, saw a pair of ded­i­cated ladies from Wilm­slow’s Green Room come to talk to the group.

The Green Room So­ci­ety was founded in 1924 and is one of the old­est am­a­teur dra­matic so­ci­eties in the UK.

In 1989, a fundrais­ing mission saw a Vic­to­rian cottage and an old shirt fac­tory con­verted into the mod­ern theatre that is still used to­day in Wilm­slow.

Jacque Bils­bor­ough and Pat Barrow are part of a team of eight ladies who help in its wardrobe depart­ment. Jacque has been a keen sewer for many years and puts her in­ter­est in the theatre down to her fa­ther who was a scenic stage designer. She told the group about the pres­sures the wardrobe depart­ment and what makes a good worker.

Jacque said: “To work as a vol­un­teer for the so­ci­ety in the mak­ing of cos­tumes you have to have a love of de­tail, be a lat­eral thinker and be pre­pared to be out­ra­geous.

“Clothes for ac­tors and ac­tresses have to be de­signed to al­low for move­ment, suit the mood of the play and be cost ef­fec­tive.

“When a pro­ducer wants to put on a play, they meet with the wardrobe ladies and the tech­ni­cal peo­ple to de­ter­mine the na­ture of the set and to look at en­trances and snags.”

To­gether the ladies ex­plained that not all the cos­tumes used for the plays are made by them as stor­age is limited and they do hire cos­tumes from places such as The Royal Ex­change or from Stratford upon Avon when nec­es­sary.

Pat said: “There is re­ally noth­ing worse than designing and mak­ing a dress and then re­al­is­ing the actress or ac­tor wear­ing it would not fit through a nar­row door or en­trance.”

Two rails of cos­tumes were brought along to the evening, at Prest­bury’s Vil­lage Hall, so the ladies of the WI could look at the cre­ativ­ity and de­tail that goes into mak­ing them.

As each cos­tume was taken off the rail, both Pat and Jacque gave its his­tory to the au­di­ence.

The pres­i­dent of Prest­bury WI, Julie Cord­ing­ley, said: “I thank Pat and Jacque for a most en­joy­able evening, we will look at cos­tumes with dif­fer­ent eyes in fu­ture.”

● Mike Smith (left) and Chris Hotchen of the rest­bury Golf Club


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●● Jacque Bils­bor­ough and Pat Barrow the Green Room’s wardrobe team

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