BA (Hons) Costume and Associated Crafts student Jerry Moore recently created a costume for the Mayflower 400 project – the international project that celebrates the link with Plymouth, UK and Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The project has been set up to bring some life to the Mayflower Steps and let people know about Plymouth’s link to America. David Saunders, a local resident, came up with the idea of pilgrim ambassadors to guide visitors at the Mayflower Steps. Second year student Jerry Moore was then approached to create the costume for David.
“This was a commission for Jerry and is a freelance opportunity that I’m sure there will be more of. These sorts of opportunities are a great chance for networking for the students,” says Marie Dunaway, BA (Hons) Costume and Associated Crafts programme leader.
“I have been working in the Theatre Royal wardrobe department for the past 4 years and have assisted on pieces for numerous productions like Wicked for Denmark and Lend me a Tenor, which is really exciting.” – Jerry Moore
Costumed guides will appear at the Barbican in Plymouth to treat guests with anecdotes from their time on the Mayflower and help with questions about Plymouth.
David told us about what it’s been like working with Jerry, “He is really easy-going and is always eager to get everything perfect.
“Jerry has made me the whole costume and it's such a comfy outfit so not only do I love wearing it but I have also enjoyed the whole process.”
David’s character Davy Brewer is the first Pilgrim to grace the Barbican. This is an ongoing venture between Jerry and David with future costumes possibly being made for other pilgrim characters.
“The outfit was historically accurate, I did lots of research into the clothes worn by pilgrims as well as traditional techniques used to make the clothes.
“For example the buttons are made from pewter which were hard to source but I managed to get them locally and the fabrics were local as well – from a shop in Totnes,” explains Jerry.
Alongside his degree Jerry works at TR2, as part of the Theatre Royal wardrobe department.
“I have been working in the Theatre Royal wardrobe department for the past four years and have assisted on pieces for numerous productions like Wicked for Denmark and Lend me a Tenor, which is really exciting,” says Jerry.
He has so far worked on over fifteen shows whilst at the Theatre Royal. These shows were not only for the Theatre Royal stage, but for West End and international productions as well as national and international touring companies.
This wasn’t David’s first involvement with the college, “I studied at Plymouth College of Art in the 1960’s for graphic design and printing, I then came back in 1994 for 6 months to study more with digital media. So it’s great to be able to come back and work with a student who is studying here.”
“I think in the South West there are so many opportunities for creative partnerships and that potential gives strength to the course." – Marie Dunaway, BA (Hons) Costume and Associated Crafts programme leader
His costume debuted at the Plymouth ‘Illuminate’ event which started the countdown to the 400th anniversary of Mayflower voyage to America.
The famous Mayflower ship set sail with 102 passengers and 30 crew members for America in 1620. These pilgrims settled on what is now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Jerry described working with David for the event, “Working with David as an actor has been really great and I wanted to make sure everything was accurate for his role.
“The Illuminate event in Plymouth was excellent, it was great to see David in the procession wearing the outfit I had made. I have actually just finished the second jacket for David which is a red one and it should see him through the Christmas period.”
Programme leader Marie Dunaway explained the importance of the programme in the South West: “What Jerry is doing is really inspiring for our first year students.
“It’s also great for students to see what is available in the South West, especially as about 60% of our students are from outside of the county, they are able to see why its great to study here.
“I think in the South West there are so many opportunities for creative partnerships and that potential gives strength to the course. They are also relationships that can be formed quickly as we are local to a lot of the industry.”