There’s no like

Derbyshire Life - - Events -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.