CINDERELLA

For Cinderella 2013 'Fox and Shriek' collaborated on the total show concept together and created a design based on the ‘Fall of the Romanoff Empire, Faberge, Art Deco Architecture, The Great Gatsby, insects and topiary’, to name but a few diverse sources for inspiration. Matt Fox designing bespoke digital prints for both costumes and set, Paul Shriek creating hand drawn backdrop cloths for the set and costumes.

 

To create the visual spectacle that is by its namesake, ‘Cinderella’ provided us with a fantastic opportunity to bring to life a vision that would set young and older imaginations racing.

 

As with all our projects we started with the ‘colour’ for the show. We both felt that it was important that the characters richly embellished in detail and colour were placed within a half- finished illusion of a sober, controlled pallet. The costumes were enriched by the combination of couture cutting and the bespoke digitally printed textiles and lavish wigs. The transformation scene was a spectacular success where we used the magical trick of illusion to make Cinders change ‘before the eyes’ of the audience.

 

The creation of a mythical ‘Unicorn’ was also a requirement of the production the realisation of which will soon be available to view in our ‘creative process’ section on this web site.

 

The re-invention of land mark buildings in and around South Shields has always been an integral part to every Customs House Pantomime Paul has worked on, this year research unveiled archive photographs

of beautiful now sadly demolished historic social buildings. The appearance of the ‘nod’ to images are something quite unique to the show design and usually provide the set cloths we lovingly refer to as the ‘road to...’ scenes.

 

To give the whole show a style and unique feel we chose to present it within an Art Deco proscenium arch frame with more than a hint of Hollywood provided by lavish application of black glitter…

 

The mix of new and traditional ways to present imagery be it hand drawn or digitally created are the backbone to the success of how we approach our design journey. The world of Pantomime gives us limitless vision and opportunity to have fun and ‘bend the rules’ and hopefully produce a ‘world’ to escape into filled with laughter, mayhem, pathos and above all family entertainment.

 

'Fox and Shriek' are currently working on the development of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ 2014, for The Customs House, South Shields.

 

 

Cinderella, The Customs House, South Shields, 2013. Review by Noreen Coltman, The Journal, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

All images and designs copyright to 'Fox and Shriek' with exception to photographs individually credited