Theatre: A Dream (about) Jobs

hemsida_framsida_enjobbdrom(a work dream)

This spring I have had the opurtunity to work with a delightful childrens theatre about work.

hämta (1)Martin and Maria are both dreaming of different ways to live there work lifes.

untitledThey argue about everything (Maira dreams of a free life were you can do wathever you like, while Martin love the idea of order and everyone doing there work properly).

But what if you get sick, or can’t get a job? What then?_06a9821_2“It’s so boring to work”, “yes but It’s so boring not to work to”…

hämtaUtopia, where everything is great and you love your life and work.

Here comes a short story I call: “A day in a tour conducors life” 2014-03-27 07.57.57I start early every morning to stow the car, ready to go when the actors arrive.

After unloading the car, finding the right teacher and classroom, its time to get all the technology in order – connecting the speakers, lights, computers and making sure everything is ready for the show.2014-03-28 13.07.28

Then we get outside to great and welcome the adiuence (to there own classroom…)IMG_1329[1](Thats me in the uper right corner).

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Maria get all the children to join her in the strike, while Martin tries to show how stupd and silly it is to “refuse work”.2014-03-28 12.35.14Streik

Then it all develops into some kind of wounderful golden dream of “No one hves to work if they dont whant to”… 2014-02-18 12.41.36But even that turns out to be a dream when the lights suddenly goes out…

Afterward the actors and me has a “show and tell” for the kids, where they can ask questions to the actors, take a closer look at the costumes, lighs and quilt. IMG_1333[1]I’m usaly the main attraction, since most of the children loves the colour-changing lamps, and loves to see how it is done.

Afterwards the actors relax, while I clean the room and packs away all our stuff…2014-04-25 09.47.18No I’m kidding – they go and wash up, then they help me get all the stuff into the car again.

1174727_10152292280403958_417595018_nThe main ensamble + a  work-buddy who assisted as a usher at the childrens festival where we played.

I loved working on this play. It was so fun and the actors was great – we had a blast every single day.

Sadly I just recently had to quit the touring job.

But I still get to se them, since I got a job as a temp. production assistent at the theatre – which means I now not only got to keep track on one play – but the whole theatre. (yikes)

Theatre: Rose Rose Rose

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This spring we have had one of my favorite theatres for young adults playing at my work.

Sadly it did finish playning last week, so if you missed it – sorry.

It is a play about girls…imagesjg…played by boys.

It’s about so many things concerning a young girls life, thoughts and the confusion of growing up.

This is whats it’s all about:

Mystery…imagesCAV4910S

…Embaresing mothers, and akward situations…ROSE_U~1

…Friendship…untitledjhg

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…Hopes and broken dreams…imagesCA0R49G7 (1)“The star project”

…Eating disorders and drugs…_06a6115

…More boybands…imagesCAARJG6Z

…Fashion…_06a5978

… And thinking no one understands.imagesjhgf

The three male actors (Ashkan Gods, Krister Kern and Elya Birman) are so great as the  insecure girl Rose – the girl who lives (or once lived) in all of us.untitledhfg

 

Overload of Theatre and Running

This weekend have been stuffed full with lots of great and exiting things, but have also left me totaly drained. (I’m just hope my sewing spirit will return soon, so I can finish the two dresses I’m currently working on).

My busy weekend begun thursday morning, when I got on the train to attend a “Childrens theatre festival” called Bibu, with my work colleges.

We arrived at lunch, checked in to the hotel, then emedetly grabed our tickets to go watch the first show on our full schedule. During this and the next day, we wached aboyt 8 theatre shows, hosted a seminarium (inkluding a book release), and attended the last night party. No wounder I’m exhausted.

We saw some great shows, some realy strange ones and some, which didn’t manadged to wow us at all. I will not tell you much about them, but here are some pictures of the plays we watched.

Drömställe” (Dreamplace)xoq2fgxt6r56qitfwtgh A high scool, clown play about refuges and freedom. By: Clowner without borders.

Faunan och Jag” (Me and the Fauna)fnya8ixffvi5hw7atj1wA kids dance show about animals and the nature. By: Mina Crocks Dance.

Lillan och Pappa August” (child and daddy August) agenpj2uv7oemghbduq2A kids play about separated parents and childs play. By: The city/marionett theatre

Utopia” (Utopia)xw2d6isgivepqegpwke5 A high school play about drugs and alcohol. By: Backa Theatre.

Krimradio” (Crime radio) 644x429(ByWidth_CutTopBottom_Transparent_True_False_Undefined)Another high school play about drugs and crime – this one performed by the narators themself. By: Backa theater.

Les Moutons” (the sheep)z9n5tbz5eq1ev068bqw7 A smal kids play about sheep. By: Corpus.

Den unge Verters lidande” (The suffering of young Verter)Örebro-länsteater-Den-unge-Werthers-lidanden-foto-Daniel-AnderssonA high school play about love, despair and literature. By: Örebro länsteater.

This next one, I saw about half a year ago but was also performed at the festival, so I thought I include it as well.

Författarna” (The writers)IMG_1126_liten_A high scool play about society, anxiety and friendship. By: Unga Klara.

We also had the time to se one of the towns most beauitful place.

The old fortress in the midle of the city shopping street. DSC_1413Beautiful steps up the look-out, once used to watch for invading Danish ships.

And when you get up the staires – a huge watch-tower.DSC_1416

The view are spectacular (much better then I could capture in this picture).DSC_1417

I even manadged to snap a picture of my colleges coming up the staires.DSC_1422

After two days of intense theatre I took a early train to Gotenburg, where I meet my boyfriend and sister – who were both preparing for the anual runners competition.

The weather was great and there were people everywere….DSC_1433About 60 000 runners with entorage had gattered in the big park for the event of “Göteborgsvarvet” (Gothenborg city run), 21 km running through the city.

Some runners right before they pas the starting line.DSC_1430

2013-05-18_12.08.10The streets were packed with runners and on-lookers, and the mass of people continued for 6 hours.

I however, spent the day cheering, walking around the market pace and relaxing with a book in the gras.DSC_1432

DSC_1434My sister right after finishing the race – she dosn’t even look tired…

Then it was time to get on the buss to go home. After 3 days away, it was realy nice getting home to my own bed again.

 

Dracula – student theatre

2 years ago, during my university time, I joined the student theatre group as shared costume designer.

That years play was “Dracula” – a humorus story about the infamous transylvanian count and his “friends”.

The first step as the costumer desiger was to do some research of the original story.

vlad_tepes_big-x01Using this well known portrait from the 15th century, of the “original” Dracula – Count Dracul, as inspiration.

12I drew a design sketch, and got to work.

CIMG6144I made a coif using some red felt, and 3 pearl necklaces. Unfortuanly the hat got lost before the premier, so the actor never got to wear it.

IMG_0749 (2)He did whoever get a big furry cape and lots and lots of lace frills.

IMG_0882Fighting with the always unfortat mr Jonathan Harker.

13The servant “Reinfied” is a dark, crazy and creapy caracter.

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IMG_1014Dressed in torn clothes, dirt and spiderweb.

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IMG_0865The caracter of “Illusion” is only real in Reinfields head and tells him to do a lot of crazy things.

IMG_0961-(1)The ladys Nina and Lucy.

IMG_1520“Lucys” dress is a simplifyed version of a Victorian bustle dress.

Unfortanly I had already moved back to my old town when the play premiered, so I never got the chanse to help finish or even watch it. But I’m still pretty proud of the result.

Angels in America – Theatre

The last show I got to work on from a costume point of view, was the “Angels in America” last fall.

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We made and altered lots of clothes for the 8 actors who did the 20 (or so) caracters.

2012-09-17 13.31.54The head angels dress, inspired by the angels in lots of famous statues.

2012-08-27 14.02.27The other angels are dressed in these grey doctor coats.

2012-09-06 12.08.24A winter jacket with faux fur.

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Hamlet – on theatre

It is said that every minute some one, some where, is playing Shakespeares Hamlet. Whether it’s true or not, I have no idea. But it is once again playing at our local theatre.

When I first began working at the costume atelier 1,5 years ago, the seamstresses were in hurry to finish the clothing for the new Hamlet ensamble. So luckely I was able to take part in the sewing of the reneissance costumes.

I did a lot of collars, pants and shirts for the caracters.

And yesterday they played the final one. So now it will rest untill someone feels the need to resurect it again.

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Sewing The Addams Family

Last fall the theatre where I work decided to produce the musical “The Addams Family”, and as a trainee in the atelier I got the opportunity to be part of the making of the costumes for the show.

It was so much fun making all of these crazy costumes with lots and lots of strange special solutions and tecnhiques to them.

Here are a few shoots of what it looked like at work during this hectic couple of months.

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2012-05-25 11.11.37Cut stripes sewn to black satin as making of a fabric that later would turn into a pair of 16th Century breeches.

2012-05-31 15.00.25Making of a 16th Century neck-ruffle (my speciality by now).

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2012-06-20 13.19.26A newly draped collar for a 17th century colonaire.

2012-08-09 09.58.45Tap-shoes.

2012-08-29 09.41.47A plastic arm that will become “The Thing”.

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2012-09-12 10.59.19General Patton.

2012-09-07 13.06.19Skeleton body-suits.

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Then after you spent days on geting every seam perfect, cutting every lose thread and pressing like crazy, the costumes are taken in to the next room – and comes out totally ruined!

No, I’m kidding.

But almost every costume in theatre needs to be “distressed” in some way or another. Or else it would look like every one in town (even the poor ones) bought their clothes that same morning. And for this show no one would be wearing “new” clothes.

Here are some before and after pics of a couple of ghost costumes.

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2012-09-17 13.32.20Reedy for shipment to the Theatre.

2012-08-24 13.53.18Laurel and Hardy waiting for their costume fittings. Their 4 friends will drop by later for their fittngs.

2012-09-04 16.54.28This fellow scared the shit out of most of us at some point or another, as it was constantly being moved around the atelier, suddenly standing next to you or peeking round a corner.