There’s no like
Glass slippers, beanstalks, candy canes… and dames. Claire Bore talks to the local costume departments helping to
create the Panto Land of Make Believe
If you were to write a recipe for the perfect pantomime you would probably take a fairy tale and a sprinkle of celebrities, add in a beautiful backdrop, riveting musical score and back-slapping jokes, sieve in some magical sparkle, an audience singalong and a smidge of
‘He’s behind you’. Then there’s the secret ingredient… costumes. While pantomimes have been gracing theatres for centuries, today’s modern productions are bold, brash and undeniably a Christmas tradition. Costumes need to be made of luxurious materials in vibrant colours, custommade garments with hidden sections and poppers that allow for quick changes – helping to create the perfect illusion.
There are the usual pins and needles, tape measures, mannequins and clothes rails but also more unusual elements: polycarbon structures with miniature doors, plastic fabric, sheets of plastic DIY products, PVC, fake fur and UV materials. No, we’re not in the set department, these are additional details to costumes that put the pizazz into panto…
Planet Costume Services working on Jack and the Beanstalk