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Fiddler on the Roof Costume hire

17/03/2021

Fiddler on the Roof Costumes

 

Thespis are pleased to announce that  a new costume set for this show will be available from October 2021

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As the curtain goes up, we hear Tevye saying, “without tradition, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof” 

And that’s exactly what this tug-at-the-heartstring musical does. It asks us to reflect on what and who we turn to when the world around us begins to wobble, do we, or can we rely on our traditions, our faith to see us through? Or are we fated to change ourselves, perhaps losing a little (or perhaps a lot) of our identity, of who we are along the way. 

Based around the delightfully candid stories of Tevye and his daughters by Sholem Aleichem, it was adapted into a book by Joseph Stein, before being transformed into a musical, with Jerry Bock writing the music and Sheldon Harnick the lyrics. 

It tells a sweeping tale set in Anatevka, a Jewish shtetl in Imperial Russia’s “Pale of Settlement” around 1905, where we follow Tevye the dairyman, as he struggles to hold on to his respected, traditional identity in the community, while stomaching the men his daughters bring home wanting to marry, with each man more modern than the last, and as Tevye sees it, less interested in “tradition” too. 

Set against the backdrop of the Tsarist pogroms: the purges of Jewish communities through Russia that caused a great exodus and saw the Jewish population hounded out, & pushed from pillar to post across Europe, we are invited into Anatevka and Tevye’s home with utterly unforgettable musical numbers that will have you off your feet one minute rejoicing the majesty of life, and then reaching for your handkerchief and it’s cruelty the next. 

Fiddler on the Roof tells a uniquely honest story, one of the greatest importance to society; one so significant that it must never be forgotten, one of the hardships and joys of life, of principles and values in the face of love, the tribulations of marriage, the frightening dangers of racial prejudice, the sacrifices one must make to survive, and of course... TRADITION!   L’CHAIM!

 

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Generous Donation

21/01/2021

At Thespis, we find ourselves quite often in the fortuitous position whereby generous individuals wish to donate garments to us; jackets, boots, top hats, even wedding dresses of yesteryear.

Thespis has always had a policy of taking on such items, doing any necessary repairs and then letting them see new life touring the length and breadth of Europe in our clients productions.

So when Caroline Walker approached us, asking whether we would be interested in items of clothing belonging to her parents, undoubtedly we said yes. A large carry-bag and suitcase arrived at our offices a short while later, and with all the excitable gusto and curiosity of a young child spying an unopened dress-up-box, we delved inside to investigate what treasures lay in wait (with more care might we add!).

Caroline had graciously sent us suits and jackets worn by her father, and a bounty of dresses worn by her mother, all beautiful, & all of the finest quality.

Suits and dresses made some 100 years ago up until the 1970’s were really made to withstand the wearer’s entire life if treated right, quite the contrast to the disposable nature of today’s fashion.

A suit would be made from such well-spun cloth and sewn so dutifully that the buyer seldom wore them out, they were to be taken in and out as required to fit any fluctuations in shape or size of the wearer.

These suits only met their end at the passing of a trend, to be hung away at the back of the wardrobe, or to one day be passed down to sons or daughters, rather than be discarded.

 

Today fashion is all too fleeting. What is ‘in’ today may already be ‘out’ by tomorrow.

 

To acquire quality garments like those received from dear Caroline, in today’s market would cost more than a few pretty pennies, but it does remind us all here at the office of how damaging the disposable fashion industry has become. Perhaps today’s youth outwardly change themselves so quickly because of societal pressures, or the forever-more-overbearing advertising markets making quick bucks, or rather it’s something further within themselves that struggles to reflect the world around them. Either way. I fear it cannot go on indefinitely....

 

We seldom know anything about the people that wore the garments we’re sent - BUT - on this occasion, we received so many stunning suits and dazzling dresses, I was compelled to know a little more. I asked Caroline about her parents, noting they must have been quite the “snazzy dressers” & she very kindly sent me a photograph of her parents with some information enclosed.

Both Jean & Geoff Walker were born in the 1920s and married after the war in 1950s. Her father had served in the RAF during the war stationed in the Far East. Both were born and bred in the Yorkshire market town of Doncaster and never moved away, raising their four children there.

After the war, as part of the demobilisation programme, her father was granted the opportunity to attend University where he studied civil engineering and joined the Doncaster and District Water Board after graduating. There he rose through the ranks to become a Divisional Director for Yorkshire Water. 

How dresses and suits used to be made

Jean & Geoff Walker  c 1990

 

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Dance Project Photo Shoot

04/01/2021

Thespis are pleased to be part of this wonderful project.

Glenn Davidson explains about the photo shoot:

This photo shoot marked the beginning of a project inspired by the NYC Dance Project.  Our project aims to provide a photographic account of contemporary dance, focusing on the grace and beauty of dancers through a creative photographic process resulting in a series of fine art photos that we will publish and exhibit.  In our first shoot with local dancer Cathy Wilson the emphasis was on light and movement, the expression of dance captured through photography. The back story of the shoot includes a creative process which features careful selection of the dance subject and beautiful costumes (many supplied by Thespis Theatrical Costumiers). The simplicity of the set design, creative lighting and background allow the focus to remain on the subject.


 

The expression of dance captured through photography. Our project aims to provide a photographic account of contemporary dance, focusing on the grace and beauty of dancers through a creative photographic processInstagram: @glenndavidsonphotography  Dancer Model Cathy WilsonThe simplicity of the set design, creative lighting and background allow the focus to remain on the subject.

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Would you like to be part of this exciting project

We will be looking for highly skilled dancers to participate in the Project in 2021.

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About Glenn:

Glenn Davidson Photography

Glenn Davidson is an award-winning photographer based in the beautiful South Norfolk countryside. Drawing on years of graphic design experience , he has an editorial style that is creative , stylish and contemporary. He regularly works with actors and models all types of performers to ensure that you will stand out from the crowd.

Services include head shoots for agencies, publicity, social media, websites, editorial, publication, print, Spotlight and IMDb.

 

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Ratchet Strap Tie Down Operational Video: By Thespis

21/11/2020

Ratchet Strap Tie Down Operational Video 

How to use and attach to Thespis Dolav shipping boxes. 

 

 

 

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Norfolk YMT Short Video of Productions 1995 2019

02/09/2020

Hello all,

 Just in case you are interested here is a short film about the group with photos from every production since 1995. Lots of familiar faces and some interesting credits right at the end. A cinematic sound track and a couple of recordings of the casts.

 Enjoy.

1995 - 2019

 A short film about the Norfolk YMT

Bye,

Adrian Connell

Director Norfolk YMT

Thespis Theatrical Costumiers Ltd are the costume suppliers and sponsors of this superbly talented group since 2007.

We are looking forward to the curtains lifting again soon.

 

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