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The Winter's Tale

costume design and make

One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, and dubbed the original soap opera, The Winter’s Tale, smashes all the rules that we have come to expect from a traditional drama. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we range across the world, from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy, across a time span of sixteen years.

"With a plethora of characters (most cast play a couple of roles), each is helpfully labelled by name, and designer Aislinn Naughton puts them in a mix of costumes that are economically right.  Leontes has a buttoned-up militaristic look, as do his functionaries; Polixenes (Anton Berezin) is the charming squatter in tweed and Akubra; the Shepherd (Tref Gare, also trombonist in the four-piece band) and his daughter Clown (Emma Austin, also saxophonist) are credulous yokels in Yakka overalls, Paulina (a feisty Elizabeth Slattery) is in no nonsense trousers, a trio of crooning singers (Jessica Barton, Adam Canny and May Jasper) are in 1930s black and white, and so on.  " - Michael Brindley, Stage Whispers

"(for all the changes in time and place across the play, the costumes (...) were well done and consistent throughout." - David Collins, Arts Review

Directed by Jennifer Sarah Dean

Music Direction by Natalie Calia

Choreography by John Reed

Set design by Hayley James

Costume design by Aislinn Naughton

Photography by Jack Dixon Gunn

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