‘The Threesome’ the scene that I watched at CSM on last Thursday, it is a collaboration with the MA Acting Drama Centre London students and the 3rd Year CSM student who are studying Performance Design and Practice. Since my sister is currently studying at CSM that’s why I got the opportunity to watch it.
The play is set in 1870 in a fashionable suburb outside Paris. The female lead, Hermance were mainly from bourgeois background and the main character is conducting a largely frustrated affair with her young husband’s best friend. However my main focus was base on the costume more than the scene. Once the scene had started, I was quickly driven by the designs; the accessories and the make up.
Hermance – Maia Watkins, Krampach – Christopher Briks
Costume made by Beth Blight
Beth designs the colourful orange costume for Hermance (main character) and the costume for Krampach (servant) in this scene. I think the costume were made beautifully alongside with those character. The use of colour and tone are highly match with Hermance particular approbate; how it had referred to the accessories with the same colour. The chiffons also highlight the dress, although you may disagree with me that the use of a bright colour was not prevalent in Victorian but throughout the play I think this suit her personality as she is an arrogant, insolent and fun fun’s sake women.
Lisbeth – Jennifer Woods, Hermance – Lila Newman
Costume by Vivian Lee
Lisbeth (other servant) referred to the photo that I showed above. The two servant from Alsace work well together when they first appeared, they are my favourite actor throughout the play. For instance their act are vivid and lively especially when they try to talk in French accent. The costume which showed below was another design by my sister, Vivian. Perhaps, it was the right period of Victorian dress and it was very elegant and charming when the model apparel. I think it is very creative that the pearl had associated with the costume although it does not look like a traditional Victorian dress however it still follow some of the idea such as the the frills on the dress and macrame .
Bertha – Anita Joy Uwajeh
Costume made by Christina Lunn
This is my favourite costume across the whole play, possibly it had a bit over stylish as Bertha is not the main character in the play but I think the royal blue of the costume had formulated well with the actresses and I am very impressive and surprise with the design of princess sleeves and collar it is stunning. Another originality that keeps the continuity of the Victorian design but had showed some changes.Lastly, the details of her hat is adorable as you can see that the actresses had addressed well with it.
It is joyful to watch the play as the French Farce is not sophistic that I am expecting as it is more like a classical English Plot a bit silly, heady and a happy ending at the end! As I know is a disaster for the designers to made both men and women costume (if I did not mention your costume did not mean it does not look good, it is just because I can’t take a good picture on your costume…pathetic) with limited time as I saw my sister had work so hard on her design and sewing. Both designers and actors are outstanding, well done everyone! I enjoyed so much on that night.