Thursday, 9 August 2018

'Agent M'

Here is a little summer project I had fun with last week - making a wonderful 60s dress for the mischevious 'Agent M'. She's been sent across libraries this summer holidays, to record levels of mischief amongst children... so if you spy her somewhere, then do say hello, if you dare! 
This project is by Spark Arts, designed by Sue Pyecroft, photograph by Parmjit Sagoo.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Into the Rainbow

Back in January, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Wriggle Dance Theatre, to develop 2 new costumes for their show 'Into The Rainbow' . It was quite a technical project to get my head around, but the end results are quite wonderful!

Thursday, 11 January 2018


I've been working with Irene Jade over the past few weeks, on a brand new Bamboozle PMLD show, PULSE, directed by Sue Pyecroft.
Its set in 1930s America, in the dustbowl, and follows Patience, who is waiting for the rain to come. There's an amazing clanky, cloud machine, wonderful music and dance, and a tiny little Bird puppet made from lots of recycled bits of junk, by Michelle Reader
I had fun making some little Boomerang videos, that give you a little taste of the show!

Monday, 4 December 2017

Costume Making, Guys and Dolls

Here's a few snaps from some recent work making some costume pieces: many many pairs of bloomers and waistcoats, for Guys and Dolls, designed by Ryan Dawson-Laight. They are on their way to be fitted up on the cast now, so I'll look forward to seeing some photos!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Mashi Theatre Residency

Last week I was working with Mashi Theatre, as part of a creative education residency at a group of primary schools in Lincolnshire. Working with Parmjit Sagoo, a drama, movement and yoga specialist, we were leading workshops, sharing the tales of Birbal. The workshops are in preparation for seeing the show ‘The Tales of Birbal’ this week, as the show begins its autumn tour.

I was leading the puppet making section of the workshop, where each child makes a crow puppet, similar to those in the show. The children then spend the rest of the workshop manipulating and embodying the crows, having a wonderful time. Do try and catch the show at some point over the next 2 months!

COAL 2017 Autumn Tour

Over the past month, COAL has been on its Autumn tour in Scotland. We visited Edinburgh, Greenock and Stirling, and met some wonderful pit women, brass bands, and audiences. 

The miner’s ‘underground’ trousers were throuroughtly in need of some care, and a mend, so lots of patching and reinforcing was required for them. We also had a couple of new miners to fit costumes for, as well as 10 new pit women, and 2 returners, from Glasgow. The brass band jackets have also had a lot of wear over the past few tours, so I have repaired and restored the details on them as well. All in all, a busy few weeks, telling the story of the miners strike to lots of new audience members.

At the final venue in Stirling, The Macrobert Arts Centre, at the university, there was also an exhibition launching alongside COAL, where artist, Philip Gurrey, had worked with some groups at the local Miner's Welfares, rembering life with the colliery, and also the tumultuous time during and after the strike. More about this here

COAL starts again next year, when we return to Inverness.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Costume Detail, 'Into the Light'

Here are some wonderful pictures taken by Ryan, of a handful of our cast members, from 'Into The Light'.

More info about the performance is in the blog post below.