Last week we saw the Designers Panto, an eye widening, rip-roaring, jaw-dropping production of the legendary fairy-tale, re-created by the biggest London powerhouses in interior design and fashion, and all in aid of the late William Yeoward’s amazing charity, ‘Screw Cancer’. The set was outstanding and the costumes were out of this world.
Narrated at the beginning and end by the legendary Sir Ian Mckellen as the magic fairy, the performance included characters such as Shabby Chic, Matt Finish, the Occasional Pouffe and all the design puns in between. This was the much loved story of Jack and the Bean Stalk, but with the most almighty of twists that only the design world could create – re-titled as Jack and the Bling Stalk.
Silks by James Hare, reams of velvets by Turnell and Gigon and rows of beaded trims from Colefax & Fowler are to name just a few of the design houses that donated their beautiful materials to create the costumes. Gospel choirs dressed as clouds, cows in fetching two piece suits and a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody to blow your mind.
Fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Jasper Conran dazzled the audience with heavenly ensembles that we are dying to wear to the next ball, to work, or even walking the dog. Dame Trott (played by Tim Gosling) is officially our heroine; strutting her stuff in otherworldly outfits including a cheese burger tutu and the grand finale in a human sized fish bowl. It even had two large fish floating around to cover her modesty.
This performance was the perfect balance of feeling like a child again, sitting on the edge of your seat shouting “Oh no he didn’t!” and booing the villains, to giggling away at some very naughty jokes. We are proud to have contributed to this incredible charity in some small way. Huge congratulations from the Kit Kemp team to all involved in this amazing performance. Next year can’t come soon enough.