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Costume design
  • Costume design
    Bjornson, Maria, born 1949 - died 2002
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Costume design

  • Date:


  • Artist/Maker:

    Bjornson, Maria, born 1949 - died 2002 (costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased from John Vere Brown

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design depicting four men wearing stylised, fetishistic combat uniforms mainly consisting of jack boots, leather trousers worn under studded leather jock straps, leather jackets, and a variety of military caps and helmets. Two of the figures hold coshes in their hands.




Bjornson, Maria, born 1949 - died 2002 (costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

' 'Sons of Light' / Maria Bjornson '
Signature and title; Lower right hand corner; handwriting; pencil; Bjornson, Maria (Miss)


Height: 295 mm, Width: 418 mm

Object history note

This costume design by Maria Bjornson was amongst a collection of photographs and negatives purchased by the Theatre Museum from the photographer John Vere Brown in 1998. The design was executed for the world premiere of David Rudkin's play "The Sons of Light" performed by the Tyneside Theatre Company at the University Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on March 11th 1976. The production was directed by Keith Hack, and the lighting was designed by Phil Rowe. The cast included Alun Armstrong as Yescanab and Jonathan Kent as Corporal Gower. John Vere Brown worked as the official production photographer for the play.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Maria Bjornson for Four Men in "The Sons of Light", Tyneside Theatre Company, University Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1976.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Pencil; Paper



Subjects depicted

Homoerotic; Punk culture

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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