Personal a bit of Cork theatre historical past because the Everyman places half of its costumes up on the market

Own a piece of Cork theatre history as the Everyman puts half of its costumes up for sale

Backstage within the Everyman, Naomi Daly is flicking by way of rails of brightly colored garments. She pulls out a vibrant tie-dyed cotton tunic gown.

“This one was worn by Siobhán McSweeney on this planet première of Autumn Royal by Kevin Barry,” she says.

A bit additional alongside the identical rail are two clothes worn by the late and much-loved soprano Cara O’Sullivan, one a patterned blue diaphanous shift gown that shaped one of many layers of her costume for her critically acclaimed efficiency within the opera Pagliacci in 2012. They’re rubbing shoulders with a purple duffel coat worn by Cork actress Mary-Lou McCarthy in a 2016 manufacturing of heart-warming ‘80s drama The Manufacturing unit Women.

A stunning sequinned black and gold prime is being tried on by one in all Naomi’s colleagues, advertising assistant Úna Hennessy. “This piece we initially bought for Gina Moxley to put on in Futureproof, directed by Tom Creed,” Naomi says.

Ever dreamed of donning greasepaint and treading the boards? In case you’re extra of a fashionista than a thespian, these rails is likely to be as shut as you may get to your personal private gown rehearsal: The Everyman’s in-house costume division is about to host a classic rail sale with a distinction. And most of the items up for grabs are fairly actually part of Cork theatre historical past.

Siobhán McSweeney in Kevin Barry’s play Autumn Royal: her costume is among the many items within the Everyman’s costume sale this weekend. Image: Miki Barlok


Naomi is Senior Producer on the Everyman and has labored within the theatre for 17 years. She’s been making ready for the sale, sorting by way of a shocking array of costumes from over 50 theatrical productions. The choice to dump roughly half of the theatre’s wardrobe inventory is predicated largely on area issues, she says.

“It’s good to have the ability to put a few of these items again out into the world,” she says. “Once we had a take a look at what we’re planning within the subsequent two years, we realised we’re completely out of area so we determined this sale was the perfect factor to do. All of the funds raised will return into refreshing the costume inventory, so somewhat than them getting moth-eaten in a cabinet and no-one attending to see them, to be extra sustainable, the perfect factor is to ship them again out into the world and begin constructing once more.

“There are furs and coats and hats relationship to the eighties, however we made a concerted effort to begin constructing a set in round 2010 so many of the stuff could have been collected by us within the final 12 to 14 years.”

Naomi Daly:
Naomi Daly: “There’s a great deal of sizes, as a result of it’s all been worn by actual folks on the stage, on the finish of the day.” Pic: Dan Linehan

One factor you may anticipate from a theatrical wardrobe sale is panto costumes, however the garments on sale should not fancy gown. What’s been chosen is all road put on, whereas panto and interval costumes are being stored by the Everyman for future productions. The thought is for fashion-lovers to take residence, put on and love these garments.

“You are likely to re-use panto costumes,” Naomi says. “You may reduce one thing up or put totally different elaborations on them to make use of in future years. We’re making an attempt to keep away from the Quick Vogue factor as a lot as attainable, to be sincere, so all these specialist costumes get reused or recycled ultimately. Or we’ve got issues that keep in inventory in order that interval dramas can hire issues from us. That stuff is staying in rotation, however these items are issues that everybody may put on.” 

A stunning variety of the objects of clothes within the sale have truly by no means been worn: there’s a black Karen Millen gown, nonetheless with its tag on, that didn’t fairly make it right into a manufacturing of the opera Der Vampyr in 2014, a Hawaiian shirt meant for a 2018 manufacturing of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West.

It’s not solely ladies’s garments on sale. For males, some highlights embody an army-green t-shirt worn by singer-songwriter Mick Flannery within the musical Night Practice, and a fleece-lined corduroy jacket worn by his co-star, Dublin-based actor Ian Lloyd Anderson.

The finances for a theatrical manufacturing can vary from €250 to many hundreds, Naomi says, relying largely on the dimensions of the forged and the variety of scenes they’ve.

“You’ve got the whole lot from a one-person monologue the place the actor spends an hour on stage and has no costume change, to a manufacturing like Faust, which has 124 folks with a number of costume modifications,” she says. “You’re employed from the model of the present, so if it’s modern gown you may run all the way down to Dunnes or Penney’s and get an entire wardrobe for €250, but when it’s interval Irish drama, it is likely to be €200 per particular person.”

Ciaran Conway wearing a costume from the Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh, and Úna Hennessy wearing a top from a Gina Moxley play. Pic: Dan Linehan
Ciaran Conway carrying a fancy dress from the Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh, and Úna Hennessy carrying a prime from a Gina Moxley play. Pic: Dan Linehan


Most of those garments are off-the-rack from well-known excessive road chains, however there’s additionally the odd handmade piece in addition to classic furs and items evoking totally different trend eras: ‘60s and ‘70s model items, proper as much as heavy steel t-shirts and dungarees straight from the ‘80s.

Nevertheless it’s all been chosen by prime costume designers together with well-known names in theatre like Lisa Zagone, Valentina Gambardella and Deirdre Dwyer. “Even from a classic standpoint, it’s all been curated by a educated eye, by somebody who is aware of precisely what they’re doing and is educated to search out issues that match particular eras,” Naomi says. 

“Each manufacturing we do, we herald a fancy dress designer to work on the reveals. The Everyman pays for the whole lot, so the garments are ours, whether or not they go into the manufacturing or not. Different theatre corporations have borrowed stuff from us: Corcadorca have borrowed items for productions, The Opera Home… and a few issues have been on movie as properly so even when it hasn’t been on the Everyman stage, you may need seen it in a movie.

“There’s a great deal of sizes, as a result of it’s all been worn by actual folks on the stage, on the finish of the day. So I believe there’s one thing for everybody to search out, in the event you dig in.”

Ciaran Conway wearing a costume from the Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh, Úna Hennessy wearing a top from a Gina Moxley play and Naomi Daly wearing a costume from Autumn Royal. Pic: Dan Linehan
Ciaran Conway carrying a fancy dress from the Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh, Úna Hennessy carrying a prime from a Gina Moxley play and Naomi Daly carrying a fancy dress from Autumn Royal. Pic: Dan Linehan

Though the Everyman is a registered charity, 94% of their earnings comes from field workplace gross sales. Naomi says that, with the rail sale, in addition they hope to boost consciousness of the theatre as a charity, and a cultural establishment worthy of assist by the numerous patrons who’ve loved performances there. The sale will likely be performed on a donations foundation, with a beneficial donation instructed for various objects of clothes.

There’s already loads of public curiosity: when the theatre determined to promote a restricted variety of €10 early entry tickets to the sale, they offered out in brief order. Naomi hopes that the sale will turn out to be an everyday a part of fundraising for the theatre.

“This can be a garments factor, however you additionally know you’re supporting the theatre by coming in and shopping for a pleasant gown for your self,” Naomi says.

“It’s all donations-driven, so that you are available in and make a donation to the Everyman. In some methods, a very powerful perform of that is to let folks know that the Everyman is a charity. So it’s about making a cycle of issues that may occur to make our wardrobe division extra sustainable and lift funds. Each couple of years we’d prefer to have one in all these, so hopefully that is the primary of many.”

  • The Everyman will maintain their wardrobe sale at present and tomorrow, from 11am to 5pm every day, within the lobby of The Everyman on McCurtain Road.

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