Last weekend I went to see South Pacific at the Barbican. How I wish I could have smuggled my sewing friends in under my coat. I was thinking of you all. So Zo was particularly at the front of my mind as sailors and nautical ladies danced around the stage. I think Zoe would have been carried out of the theatre due to nautical-induced hyperventilating.
Did you know that this 1949 musical also features dressmaking? The ladykiller sailor, Luther, earns pocket money by making outfits for Nellie Forbush (that surname is a joke, right?) and even grass skirts for Bloody Mary to sell.
As well as jiggling along in my seat to corker songs such as ‘There Is Nothing Like A Dame!’ and ‘I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair’, I came away with renewed respect for this musical. It tackles big topics, the biggest being racism. This must have been fairly radical when the musical premiered and how clever to make the audience squirm in their seats as well as jiggle along to songs.
Other sewing that featured on the day was a carry case my mum had made for my camera-mad sister. Mandy had requested something to carry her tripod around in and this is what Mum had made:
It’s lined in felt:
I really recommend going to see this musical – it’s on until 1 October.
TRIVIA FOR FACT FANS! I sang ‘Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair’ with the Rita Owen Theatre Dance School at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, when I was a teenager in the Eighties. I wasn’t much cop at dancing, but I could sing. A bit. Hot diggity, I should dig out some old photos. Rita’s mum sewed all the costumes for every production we put on. How?!!!
UPDATE I’ve asked my mum to dig out some of the old photos. She says, and I quote, that she’s ‘having such a laugh’ and that I may want to ‘change my mind’ about going public. How bad can those photos be?