In April 2015 St Mary’s Players performed the musical ‘South Pacific’ at The Redgrave Theatre in Bristol. I was Costume Co-ordinator for this production. Amy has helped St Mary’s in past productions not only with making costumes but also with being ‘backstage’ the week of the show and helping with quick changes and generally being part of the backstage team and all that is involved. Due to other commitments Amy wasn’t able to be with us the week of the show for South Pacific but still volunteered to help with the making of any costumes.
I asked her to make the costumes for one of the characters, Liat. As always with amateur theatre we were on a very limited budget, therefore the fabric I gave Amy was more of an upcycling project. She was given some old curtain fabric and an old costume which had plenty of fabric in it, along with a purchased pattern, (although she was more than happy if I hadn’t found a pattern to have made one up herself). Amy wasn’t fazed at all by this project, in fact I think she relished the challenge. We had a discussion about what we were aiming to do, so that we both had the same ‘image’ in our heads!!
After only a few days I had some emails and photographs of progress from Amy. I always felt that she understood what was needed and that she could be relied upon to undertake the work required.
When finished she delivered the costume to us during a rehearsal so that she could fit the costumes onto the lady playing the part of Liat. What Amy made was exactly right for the character and of a very high standard of workmanship.
I would happily work with Amy again in any future productions, she is a joy to work with.