Eleanor Conlon Gives Interactive Talk on Period Costume

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In the lead up to Bede’s Drama Department’s production of The Crucible, we welcomed Eleanor Conlon for a fascinating talk on the costume of the period last month.

Entitled Shakespeare's Wardrobe: Getting Dressed in the 16th and 17th Centuries, the talk began with an introduction by Gabriel Neumann (Upper Sixth), followed by Ms Conlon's presentation discussing the history of clothing and its significance in everyday life and the theatre. The event also featured a demonstration of how a woman got dressed in the period (a much more laboured and time-consuming task than today!), with Ms Conlon ably assisted by Megan Hume (Lower Sixth, pictured below). Attendees also had the opportunity to see authentic handmade costume pieces.

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A highly valued member of our Drama Department, Ms Conlon has an MA in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama from Shakespeare's Globe and King's College London, and specialises in period dress and underwear. She has worked as a costume designer and dressmaker on a variety of projects, including collaborating with Jenny Tiramani on the Globe Original Practices Costume Archive.

About The Crucible

Written by American playwright Arthur Miller in 1953, The Crucible is a drama based on the infamous Salem witch trials that took place in the Puritan New England town of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692-1693. As the trials progress, the townspeople’s secrets, grudges and loyalties are unravelled before the story reaches its tragic conclusion. Following its release, The Crucible won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play and inspired numerous adaptations in the worlds of film, opera and television. Today, the play is considered a central work in the American drama canon.

Performances will take place on Wednesday 14 November, Friday 16 November and Saturday 17 November at Bede’s Senior School. To reserve your place, please email senior.events@bedes.org.


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