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Costume design - Hugh Durrant costume design
  • Hugh Durrant costume design
    Durrant, Hugh, born 1947
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Hugh Durrant costume design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, drawn)

  • Date:

    1992 (Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Durrant, Hugh, born 1947 (Costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and pencil crayon on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Hugh Durrant

  • Museum number:

    S.727-2001

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design for Les Dawson as Ada the Cook in the Harem scene. The design depicts a full length male figure wearing a pantomime dame costume. The costume consists of a wide pair of pink patterned "harem" pants with a decorative orange tab below the waist, and a close fitting bodice with sleeves that balloon out above the elbow and down to the wrist. The bodice, hems, and sleeves are decorated with orange and yellow baubles, and the figure also wears a large pair of gold bra cups with long red tassels. The figure also wears a pair of pink Persian slippers; a purple veil over the lower part of the face; and an elaborate hat in the form of a hookah.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, drawn)

Date

1992 (Drawn)

Artist/maker

Durrant, Hugh, born 1947 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and pencil crayon on paper

Marks and inscriptions

' Durrant 1992 '
Signature; date; Lower right hand corner; handwriting; pencil; Durrant, Hugh

' ADA - IN HAREM '
Textual information; Lower right hand side; handwriting; pencil; Durrant, Hugh

Dimensions

Height: 420 mm, Width: 296 mm

Object history note

This costume design by Hugh Durrant is part of a group of designs donated to the Theatre Museum by the artist in 1994. The design was executed for a production of the pantomime "Dick Whittington" performed at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 19th December 1992. The show was directed by Roger Redfarn, and the lighting was designed by Jenny Cane. The cast included Les Dawson as Ada the Cook, and Michelle Dotrice as the Spirit of the Bells.

Historical significance: An excellent example of late 20th century costume design for pantomime, which is currently poorly represented in the Theatre Museum Collection.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Hugh Durrant for Les Dawson as Ada the Cook in the Harem scene of "Dick Whittington", Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1992.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Pencil; Paper; Pencil crayon

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Costume design; Cooks; Drag; Pantomime

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Pantomime; Designs

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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