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December 20, 2014
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The learning curve

The core extras include me, my husband, his friend, his friend’s wife, my brother, his son and daughter, her friend, my sister’s daughter, my two friends, a neighbour, my …

December 4, 2014
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Use what you know: the curtsey

We found the deep curtsey difficult to master in Deportment class at school. Most of us toppled over several times, but practice makes perfect, and we retain a certain amount …

 
November 28, 2014
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Use what you know: dancing

“Use what you know”  – advice to first time novelists from a teacher at RMIT, 1996 Use what you know; dancing Sue Maslin wasn’t in my Deportment or Ballroom dancing …

November 12, 2014
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Get frocked, and have fun

To attend the wedding of William Beaumont to Gertrude Pratt we frocked it way up in vintage couture. Labels intact. One extra wore a satin-silk green ensemble imported from the …

October 31, 2014
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I’m with Stanislavski

In my early twenties, I clung to a handsome boy on a motorcycle all the way from San Francisco to Houston, Texas, then to to Buenos Aires…and many more cities, …

October 22, 2014
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Things will be different when she starts sewing

Sometime in 1950, Tilly Dunnage stepped apprehensively into the Dungatar fog from an idling Greyhound Bus – the one that travelled through Jerilderie when I was a kid. It …

 
October 21, 2014
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Malcolm Turnbull is a d******

(I’m informed that calling the Minister for Communications names might get me into trouble so I’ve edited the below blog so that I can continue to post blogs. ) In the …

October 16, 2014
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A conspiracy of pale ravens

Prior to her return to Dungatar, Tilly Dunnage spent years making couture for elegant customers in European cities. Tilly was vendeuse, then apprentice to Madame Vionnet, and when she retired in …

October 6, 2014
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A blank canvas

I now realise that before I even arrived at Docklands Studios for costume fittings, the costumieres had consulted my head and full body shot, checked my measurements and knew my …

October 3, 2014
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The Costume Department

Five years of Home Economics means that, as a cook, I’m quite capable. Four years at Drama School definitely qualifies me as an extra, but after my tour of the …