ARMS AND THE MAN
Category: Costume Design
ABOUT 'ARMS AND THE MAN'
Stuck in a Bulgarian backwater, Raina Petkoff craves more out of life. Having read every book in the library, including all the romance novels, she’s sure there is more in store for her - she wants adventure, she wants love, she wants to get the hell out of town.
So, when a charming Swiss soldier on the hop from the battlefield clambers into her bedroom, what’s a clever, practical-minded girl to do? Offer him sanctuary, feed him chocolate and fall in love. It’s only natural.
The problem is, she’s already engaged. To the most eligible man in town. Raina needs to decide if she stays true to her gallant fiancé, or if she elopes with this dashing, mysterious stranger.
In true Bernard Shaw style, this is more than your average love triangle. Keeping plenty of room for irony, comedy, parental concern and a saucy sub-plot, Arms and the Man is also a playful, piercing satire on vanity and false heroism.
Source - https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2015/arms-and-the-man
ABOUT THE DESIGN
Led by legendary director Richard Cottrell, long time collaborators Michael Scott-Mitchell (Set), Julie Lynch (Costumes) and Damien Cooper (Lighting) create an exotic world inspired by Persian lines, forms and patterns to conjure an environment of paper cut-outs and block prints found in children's storybooks. The exterior and interior set elements are primarily made of laser cutouts, that depict Raina's Bedroom, the Garden and the Library. The Costume Design follows suit, using bold and open lace sourced from around the world with complex silk screen panels to align the characters with the world of the Set Design and perceptibly lit by Damien Cooper.