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January 5th 2017

"Mirror mirror, on the wall.."

... who is the fairest of them all?

Corelli College’s Christmas tree design was one of ten Christmas trees to be picked and then displayed at RHS Garden Wisley.

This was the first ever tree decorating competition at RHS Wisley.  The rules stated the decorations had to be handmade and the theme and stimulus given was Fairy Tales. 

As there is a strong tradition of an annual staff pantomime for students at Corelli College, so it was the symbolism of pantomime objects and larger than life characters that excited and inspired Corelli students. 

Through the tradition and conventions of pantomime, fairy tale stories and their characters are often transformed to fit with the present day with topical humour, audience participation and gender-crossing roles.  The stories are usually decorated with puns and are a humorous play on words. 

Corelli’s Arts Council researched traditional pantomime characters and started to draw them.  We enlarged their drawings to life size using an ‘old school’ overhead projector and then photographed their teachers wearing the drawn cut outs.  The drawings were monochrome and hand drawn to emphasise the fanciful and illusory nature of pantomime and the magic of storytelling for the stage.  

Each photograph was framed by a mirror, mirror on the wall…

The project was on display in the glasshouse at RSH Wisley between 8th December and 4th January 2017.

Written by S Slocombe

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