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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Away with the Fairies - Sepia Saturday

"Away with the Fairies" is the theme of this week's Sepia Saturday photos at http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/sepia-saturday-135-21-july-2012.html

It immediately brought to mind the time (more years ago than I care to remember)  when I was a fairy on stage.


I am one of these "Dainty little fairies, tripping hither, tripping thither" in the opening chorus of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta "Iolanthe".

I was a member of the Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group and the annual G & S performancew were the highlight of my years there - I loved taking part in them. 

Although the men's costumes were hired, the girls made their own - here in shades of blue and green chiffon with silver trim at the waist, and of course wings, plus  a cloche hat covered in petals, and heavy eyeshadow.  We thought we were great!

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  1. Perfect photos for the theme! How exciting and fun for you to be a part of such a group. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

  2. What wonderful photographs. And thank you for reminding me about Iolanthe - it really is one of mt favourite G&S operas. A belated welcome to Sepia Saturday - sorry I haven't been around for a few weeks. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts in the weeks ahead.

  3. Lovely memories Sue; thecostumes were so pretty. I am very fond of Iolanthe as I walked down the aisle 37 years ago next week, to the march from that very opera.

  4. I was wondering which fairy was you, but they all look pretty much the same.

  5. This week's theme must have had YOU in mind. Perfect post.

  6. I too managed to work G+S into this week's theme, but yours has fairies too - well done.

  7. Hi Susan ... what beautiful pictures! Your set design was lovely, as were all you fairies.

    The Sepia Saturday link to this isn't working for some reason. I found your blog through the comment that you left; you might want to check it out, though I see that you already have many comments so, maybe it is just some glitch on my end?

    Have a super weekend,

    Kathy M.

  8. I am amazed at the interest in mu "Fairies" posting, as it was something I rattled off quickly when I saw the prompt. Thank you to everyone for their lovely comments.

  9. The fairy costumes match the scenery perfectly.


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