Nutcracker cast get their glitz on

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It’s nearly time for cur­tain-up on Scot­tish Bal­let’s pro­duc­tion of that mag­i­cal fes­tive clas­sic, The Nutcracker. And with the Christ­mas party sea­son ap­proach­ing, who bet­ter to model the most glam­orous evening wear than the show’s prin­ci­pal dancers. As our fash­ion team per­form their own mag­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion on So­phie Martin and Barn­aby Rook Bishop, Barry Did­cock slips be­hind the scenes to talk to them about clothes, cos­tumes and cur­tain-calls

IN a cav­ernous work­shop in the bow­els of Scot­tish Bal­let’s Glas­gow head­quar­ters, 22-yearold dancer Barn­aby Rook Bishop is stand­ing splay-footed be­fore an enor­mous cur­tain of baubles in pur­ple, sil­ver and gold. Some are the size of foot­balls, some the size of the tan­ger­ines you might find in the toe of your stock­ing af­ter Santa has been – an ap­pro­pri­ate sim­ile given that this back­drop forms part of the com­pany’s up­com­ing Christ­mas show, The Nutcracker, a sea­sonal favourite and about as fes­tive and kid-friendly as the tra­di­tional bal­let reper­toire gets.

Later, Rook Bishop will be joined on the makeshift stage by his French col­league, prin­ci­pal dancer So­phie Martin, for a Sun­day Her­ald fash­ion shoot which will see the pair dressed in glam­orous evening wear. But right now he’s on his own and in his de­cid­edly un­dressy re­hearsal garb of T-shirt, checked over-shirt and jog­ging bot­toms. Even so, it’s him that catches the eye rather than the glit­ter­ing back­drop: specif­i­cally, the gar­ish, an­kle-high slip­per­boots he’s wear­ing.

Made from a cush­ioned ma­te­rial of metal­lic gold, they’re topped with red and yel­low which, he tells me (be­cause I can’t not ask) are some of the colours of the Ro­ma­nian flag. And no, this isn’t part of his cos­tume: they were a present from Dan­ish chore­og­ra­pher and bal­let star Jo­han Kob­borg, for­mer di­rec­tor of the Ro­ma­nian Na­tional Bal­let Com­pany in Bucharest, which Rook Bishop joined as an 18-year-old and where he cut his teeth un­til join­ing Scot­tish Bal­let in 2016. So does he wear his bling­tas­tic baffies around the house? “No,” he laughs. “I keep these for the stu­dio”.

Stu­dio wear is one thing, but for

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