While the ‘Sam & Isla’ cast have been busy learning their lines, Karen Page has been accumulating outfits from not one , but two decades for the show.
If you go along to the opening of the Tideline Runners musical tonight you’ll see the action set in both the 1910s and the 1970s, meaning costume director Karen has had to lay her hands on authentic attire from two very different eras.
But as someone who isn’t afraid of a challenge, last in charge of the wardrobe for The Phantom of the Opera, Karen has been working all hours and made numerous appeals via social media to make sure all the ‘Sam & Isla’ ensemble look the part.
And she has managed to find some real gems courtesy of one of the cast’s mums.
Heather Firbank was the it-girl of the early 1900s and was famous for her extensive wardrobe, a lot of which was made by designer of the time Lucille Duff Gordon.
The connection to Tideline stems from Jodie Roberts, mother of Slink Jadranko who is playing a soldier in ‘Sam & Isla’.
When she was a youngster Jodie’s family moved to a house in Devon and found a wardrobe of Heather’s clothes .
Their first instinct was to contact Heather’s family which resulted in some of the items being donated to the Victoria & Albert Museum and the rest sold off.
Jodie’s family then found another collection of clothes and decided to keep them with Jodie being the envy of her friends by wearing authentic vintage garb throughout the 1970s.
She told ‘WOW’ “While I treasure my tiny collection of period clothes, I’m delighted to see them on stage and of course, we’re lucky that if Heather liked something, she promptly ordered several in different colours, so there are blouses and stockings for all the girls!”
Karen is thrilled to have the pieces in the wardrobe department, adding “It’s a real privilege and the cast are really appreciative for the opportunity to wear them.
“It’s been a hard task getting all of the clothes together but I’ll feel rewarded the moment I see the cast step on stage. They’ve worked so hard and it should be a great show.”