Our live-streamed musical was such a success!
I was so humbled to join Gwendolyn Fitz in her original, ukulele musical. If you like dark-comedy, then you'd like our show. Besides getting to perform again and collaborating with a sweet and talented friend, one of the other fun parts of doing a show is getting to design and implement your own costumes and your character's 'look'.
My character - Abigail Fox - was a Flapper Girl whose rich businessman father ran the party which our other lead Arthur Fitzgerald crashes in order to make acquaintances with someone...
Creating the 1920s Flapper Girl Look
Transforming myself into a 1920s Flapper Girl, with a look ready for a speakeasy was easy when I used a few accessories!
I used a hairband across the forehead in the popular style and this also gave me my hairdo, as I was able to use it to tuck my long into the back. Of course, I did use rollers on my hair when it was wet...But my hair doesn't really behave that way so kirby grips it was!
Knowing my character was rich, I couldn't resist the opportunity to be glamorous and show off some of my own diamante jewellery such as my ring and bracelet in the videos below. It was nice to have an occasion to dress up like. Such are the joys of acting. And fancy dress parties. And it is the 20s after all.
See the dress and hairdo in action at our show here.
The Flapper Girl Dress
The Flapper Girl look is not complete without a short and loose dress with some fringe, right?
I got my dress online from Oxfam charity shop! No joke. Charity shops are my favourite places to go shopping and the majority of my outfits and many of my accessories, including jewellery, I buy second-hand.
I'm always on a low budget and buying second-hand does help with that. However more importantly, if I'm going to be a customer and consumer then it's important for me to use my money to support an important need where I can.
âPlus; I really love how every time you go into a charity shop - even if it's the next day - it's like a treasure trove of finds because their stock is constantly replenishing and what you get is unique to you that day.
I was especially looking for gold because gold and black were the show's theme colours and very in keeping with our art-deco dÃ©cor.
My takeaway is that I actually suit this era pretty well. I am a fan of the 1920s/30s and I think I'm going to experiment with this hairstyle a bit more. As always; those kinds of photos are on my Instagram.
Meanwhile, I'm working on a few new writing ideas. Therefore a lot of ideas are going straight to the recycling bin until I get to the good idea. But that's ok. Playing around with new looks and new words are all a part of this process.
I'm really hoping that Abigail Fox makes a comeback in a sequel so we can see more of her journey. Also I just really need a good excuse to dress up again like this SOON.
Let me know what looks and ideas you've been trying lately!
Theatre is significant because it is a collective human experience. We can find nothing which resembles live experience because anything else misses the vibrancy which artists, makers, and audience members collectively produce, bringing it to life.
When reality and make belief collide they create a fantastic cocktail of art that is relatable and also can make you think critically, that can challenge you, that is emotionally stimulating and exciting.
In regards to real life, to us a as people we perform a similar collision. Beneath the surface of a lot people is their true reality. And what they show us is a facade and we see and belief in what we have been given.
If art is a form of expression but the unreal masquerades as the real to almost be deceptive... How do you respond to expressions of lies?
A professional Director and performer once advised me not to include amateur dramatics on my Actor’s CV.
I followed his advice and deleted it, although a little mournfully. I still take part in amateur dramatics. Currently I’m the Evil Witch in Sleeping Beauty and I am learning throughout the process and I am giving the best performances I can give.
Yet you can understand why it may not be appropriate to include my amateur experience on a CV for a professional job. We’ve all experienced someone not yet ready for the stage yet determined to be on it anyway, then we know why Hamlet said:
“Those who are lost in their passion are less lost than those who have lost their passion.”
“There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Clare Louise Roberts
Singer Songwriter, Actress, Poet and all round Creative, passionate about sharing, ideas, collaboration and seeing other people develop their skills and passions.
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