Yvonne Carry studied Costume Design at Inchicore College of Further Education, Dublin (FETAC) from 2002-2004. She also completed a one month course in Pattern Drafting for Period Costumes at Istituto Di Moda Burgo, Milan in 2009.
Some recent designs include productions by CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Crude Mechanics Theatre Company, Ramblin’ Man Theatre Company, Second Age Theatre Company, St. Patrick’s Day parade (Dublin), Rough Magic SEEDS, Under_score Productions, and Carpet Theatre.
I was employed as Costume Designer for Second Age’s production of Romeo & Juliet. With six actors playing fourteen characters, I had to design costumes in order to differentiate between each character especially those played by the same actor.
The director Conor Hanratty gave me a design spec of what he had envisioned and I based my designs on his brief. I met with the Set and Lighting designers to ensure our designs were cohesive while working with the production manager to ensure I didn’t exceed the costume budget.
After my first meeting with Conor I began my research. Although Romeo & Juliet is timeless and wasn’t set in any exact period, I initially began by researching Fellini.
I choose colours to differentiate between both families, using shades of green to represent the Montagues and shades of reds to represent the Capulets, keeping it subtle yet effective.
For Juliet I choose the colour purple, using different shades to represent her journey through the play. Starting with a pale shade to represent her innocence at the start, growing to darker shades as the play progressed.
As most of the actors played more than one character this presented a challenge, my biggest of which was two female actors who played both a female and male role. The costumes all of which needed to be completely different to define each character also needed to be as uncomplicated as possible as there were many quick changes required due to these characters been on stage most of the time.