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This Monday, stars Bryan Probets, Christine Johnston and Jason-Barry Smith dressed up in their finest Victorian attire for a day at the beach…Ruddigore style.

Needless to say, it all went swimmingly thanks to the powerhouse effort of OperaQ’s wardrobe department, production and marketing teams, our creative agency Redsuit and of course, photographer Sam Thies and his crew.

Thanks also to our friends at Rydges South Bank for the use of one of their stunning function rooms which, for the duration of the shoot, was filled with raucous laughter at the hands of Christine, Bryan and Jason’s superb roleplaying.

Final images will be released here on our website and social media channels over the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s a peek behind the scenes from wardrobe to the shoot (and the Abbey Road-esque journey in between).


Behind the scenes imagery: Stephanie Do Rozario

Ruddigore Wardrobe (2)

Costume design for Mad Magaret by Richard Roberts

Ruddigore Wardrobe (1)

Mad Magaret in the making and the moustache of Sir Despard Murgatroyd

Ruddigore Wardrobe (3)

Mad Magaret’s veil

Ruddigore Abbey Road style

Abbey Road – South Bank style

Ruddigore Mad Magaret (3)

Finishing touches: Christine Johnston as Mad Magaret and the vintage Schneider Kreuznach camera that was used to shoot some group portraits.

Ruddigore Team (2)

Photographer Sam Thies and his assistant, John Anderson (Redsuit) and Lindy Hume (OperaQ Artistic Director).

Ruddigore boys in bathers

Ruddigore Team

That’s a wrap! (somehow most of us missed the memo about wearing stripes)…