Toowoomba-based designer Carolyn Taylor-Smith (centre) created costumes for this year’s production of Shakespeare in the Park, Twelfth Night.
Toowoomba-based designer Carolyn Taylor-Smith (centre) created costumes for this year’s production of Shakespeare in the Park, Twelfth Night.

Shakespeare in the Park on again

CAROLYN Taylor-Smith has designed costumes for six of the University of Southern Queensland’s annual productions of Shakespeare in the Park – and this year she has gone all out for the university’s version of Twelfth Night.

The Toowoomba-based designer, who has worked on the productions of The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest, faces a new challenge this year.

The production tells the tale of a young woman, named Viola, shipwrecked on the Illyrian coast, separated from her twin brother, Sebastian.

Both believe the other to be dead and, after being told about a lovelorn duke, Viola decides to dress as a man and seek employment with him.

While she is pretending to be a man named Cesario, the duke asks Viola to woo Olivia, the noble woman with whom he is madly in love.

Viola, however, falls deeply in love with the duke herself and vows to become his wife.

Carolyn has faced a brand new challenge of creating costumes for a woman pretending to be a man but wryly says it’s all part of what makes the production so entertaining.

“It all adds to the comic aspects of the play,” she said, adding that it was the actor’s ability that brought the character to life.

Director Lewis Jones has also infused his production of the play with a 1960s feel and Carolyn has also had to work that aspect of the production into her costume designs.

Carolyn said she had enjoyed creating the costumes with that era in mind, with vibrant colours and fresh, fabulous designs definitely the order of the day.

Outlandish fashions, hoop earrings and bright lipsticks will definitely be the hallmarks of this year’s costume designs.

Shakespeare in the Park

Held at Hervey Bay’s Seafront Oval

Dates: March 18, 19 and 20

The show will start at 7pm

This year’s production is of Twelfth Night



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