Poster for The Strumpet’s Plague a modernisation of Othello by Nick Coupe. It has been made into a short film that I designed the costumes for.
It is being shown as part of the Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival in October 2014.

Poster for The Strumpet’s Plague a modernisation of Othello by Nick Coupe. It has been made into a short film that I designed the costumes for.

It is being shown as part of the Shakespeare in Shoreditch Festival in October 2014.

Poirot is about to announce who the murderer is.

Filmed and directed by Guido Cavaciuti

Produced by Dominique Bull

Assistant Producer Jen Harrison

Set Design by Anna Hale

Costume Design by Emma Marguerite Lynch

Hotel Owner played by Paul Engers

Poirot played by Martin J Gaisford

Man (also producer!) played by Felix Mortimer

Maid played by Dominique Bull

Maid played by Jen Harrison

Maid played by Angie Holmes

Maid played by Imogen Free

Waiter played by Rob Thorpe-woods

Bell Boy played by Alex Marlow

Luca Lazzari, the hotel owner talks to Poirot…

Filmed and directed by Guido Cavaciuti

Produced by Dominique Bull

Assistant Producer Jen Harrison

Set Design by Anna Hale

Costume Design by Emma Marguerite Lynch

Hotel Owner played by Paul Engers

Poirot played by Martin J Gaisford

The body by Robert Cooke 

Maid discovers a murder, a male guest assists…

Filmed and directed by Guido Cavaciuti

Produced by Dominique Bull

Assistant Producer Jen Harrison

Set Design by Anna Hale

Costume Design by Emma Marguerite Lynch

Maid: Angie Holmes

Male Guest: Kieran Garland

Short film made at the Ritz on the day of the book launch event, the murders are announced to the guests. The hotel owner, Luca Lazzari, played by Paul Engers looks so much betting in black and white!

Filmed and directed by Guido Cavaciuti

Produced by Dominique Bull

Assistant Producer Jen Harrison

Set Design by Anna Hale

Costume Design by Emma Marguerite Lynch

The first video we filmed prior to the event at the Ritz was Lowri as a female guest arriving at The Bloxham i.e The Ritz. We didn’t actually have permission to film there but it’s only a six second vine so I don’t think it counts!

We had to get Lowri into costume in the Starbucks opposite the Ritz which was a bit of a nightmare, especially as the production team had laptops and we had camera gear, peoples personal stuff and my suitcase full of costumes. It was slightly crazy working around rich people who work and live and stay around the area but it had to be done and we bought lots of coffee!

I really liked this costume for Lowri, unfortunately her shoes were too big as despite telling me size five they all kept falling off so I got a different pair for the event. She only had to walk about four meters for the film so it wasn’t a problem. The fur coat is real and looked wonderful.

Tourists kept staring at us!

Filmed and directed by Guido Cavaciuti

Produced by Dominique Bull

Assistant Producer Jen Harrison

Set and Props sourced by Katie O’Connor and Charlton O’Connor

Costume Design by Emma Marguerite Lynch

Female character by Lowri James

Before the event at the Ritz we had a separate day of filming where two very short films were made and I designed the costumes. Whilst The female character’s costume was completely fine and as planned the male actor was changed the night before so I couldn’t get a different costume.

Luckily I had brought a jacket I thought would fit, a smaller and a larger one but when I arrived for filming I was told he was actually supposed to represent Poirot. This was difficult as I hadn’t got an accurate outfit for Poirot or done any research into what he should wear. 

I knew it was only an arm and his back that would be filmed and it was going to be in black and white so I went and “bought/borrowed” a coat from John Lewis which I returned after the actor had tried it on for twenty minutes. I didn’t mind because it wasn’t my fault, which would have been horrible on my first paid job, but I wouldn’t want to have to do that again! 

Because I knew the films would be black and white I focused more on texture and contrast than getting colours that were beautiful and accurate. The hat Lowri wears in this film was very period accurate but quite grubby from age but you couldn’t tell on film and you can’t really see it in the final edit anyway. 

This was filmed in Golders Green in a 1920s style cafe.

Filmed and directed by Guido Cavaciuti

Produced by Dominique Bull

Assistant Producer Jen Harrison

Set and Props sourced by Katie O’Connor and Charlton O’Connor

Costume Design by Emma Marguerite Lynch

Poirot played by Kieran Garland

Female character by Lowri James

Some backstage shots!

We probably had one of the most ornate green rooms ever! It was quite a contrast from the derelict flat that where the green room and costume store were at Balfron Tower for Rift’s Macbeth! 

Photos by members of Rift_

The Extras

All the people who helped as a part of the set design team, the hair stylist and myself all had to be in 1920s costume as well if were to be downstairs for the event. I had brought several appropriate dresses but because none of them were actors I couldn’t force people to where appropriate costumes so some aspects weren’t very 1920s and became a case of less is actually more! I think maybe in future I would try to discuss prior to an event in more detail what extras should be wearing but it was tricky as I didn’t actually know the exact number of people who needed costumes until the day.

One girl wore two hats and a large fur that wasn’t 1920s appropriate and combined with her dyed hair became visually quite distracting from everything else that was going on, especially as it hadn’t been styled correctly either. It didn’t matter as there was no program with my name in it and it wasn’t clear to audience members that they were part of the team but if it had been different I’d have been more firm about what people wore as it would have reflected on me and my design abilities. 

Also because everyone took so long having their make-up done I went downstairs with the hair stylist before everyone else so couldn’t tell people they were wearing an inappropriate item before they came down.

I also had to dress the pianist, who I’d have liked to put in a white suit but there wasn’t time to source a correct period accurate one as I didn’t have his measurements until later. I decided it would be better to compromise on this than to waist time and money tracking down one that might not have fit or might not have been the best deal we could have got. So instead he wore costume that I had sourced which wasn’t very 1920s but I don’t think anyone noticed as he was sat at the piano behind pillars.  

I quite enjoyed being a 1920s flapper for the evening!

Photos by Rift_ 

Hair designs for the three main female actors, designed and created by Noemie Cattez, make up by Jo Wells.

The hair and make up completely transformed the outfits! I hadn’t really realised how important it is until this event. I think I may try and do a short course in hair or make-up or both as on low budget shows I might have to either do it myself or show actors how to.

Photos by Noemie Cattez