LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
I have to say that this show was one of the best experiences of my career.
Working with ‘The Drags’ as I fondly refer to them meant there was never a dull moment.
As you can imagine, each day they encouraged us (the wig department) to go a ‘little heavier on the backcombing’. And so we did !
A couple of ‘the drags’ became increasingly interested in wigs and would often come in early so that they could learn how to set, dress and backcomb their own wigs. Of course I was very encouraging! And I have to admit that they had a natural flair for it.
This little show started life in a small fringe theatre called The Mernier Chocolate Factory in London Bridge. It soon became very clear that this was something special. We later transferred to the West End where the show picked up numerous Olivier Awards before opening on Broadway a year or so later. I was privileged to go to New York to help the American wig team in setting it up.
It was an amazing experience to have been with this show through its journey.