A Tailor Made Man
White Bear Theatre
Bryan Anthony Hodgeson
Off-West End Finalist - Best Costue design
Mike Lees’ smart, simple set is dressed with period furniture and vintage recording equipment. A hand-cranked movie camera pivots about the space, turning its lens onto characters at key moments. Director Bryan Hodgson gives the story a spirited, high energy treatment, with each snappy scene bookended by offstage shouts of “cut” or “action!” Both heightened and heartfelt, his production captures the feeling of an era poised between hedonism and repression.
The play begins with a fast-paced scene chock-full of the glamour and glitz of 1920s Hollywood. In marvellously authentic costumes (which earned the production one of four Offies nominations),
And they look sensational thanks to designer Mike Lees’ painstaking restoration of their gorgeous original 1920s and ’30s frocks.