Show costumes are a giant task for Christine

Christine Boyle at work on her sewing machine. INPT26-021
Christine Boyle at work on her sewing machine. INPT26-021

FORMER Portadown woman Christine Boyle is nearing the end of a giant task - having helped make costumes for more than 500 actors, dancers, acrobats, aerialists, singers and percussionists who will star in the show, Land of Giants.

The show, the biggest outdoor arts event ever to be held in Ireland, north or south, will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast.

Christine, who is wardrobe mistress for the show, teaches at Belfast Metropolitan College and was costume maker on the smash TV hit, Game of Thrones.

Working alongside Christine is designer Diana Innes, from Belfast, with the two women being helped by students from Belfast Met. It is estimated that hundreds of spools of thread, thousands of buttons and hundreds of metres of fabric have been used in the mammoth sewing job.

Saturday’s event, which takes inspiration from the many giants in Northern Ireland’s history, will feature a pyrotechnics show, state of the art digital animation, special effects, a drumming section featuring 160 drummers and over 100 choristers who will perform specially written music.

Christine, who now lives in Belfast, said, “When it comes to events in Northern Ireland you really can’t get any bigger or spectacular than Land of Giants. It’s a world class show and the massive cast means it will be a challenge but, as anyone who knows me will tell you, I work best under pressure and love the buzz of a busy show.”

The 38-year-old is certainly used to the bustle of a busy sewing room having been costume maker on TV series, Game of Thrones. She said, “I worked on the first two series and I’m hoping to go back for series three.”

Christine said it was gratifying to see so much good resulting from Land of Giants. “Not only will the people who go to the show have a remarkable experience but fashion students, past and present, will learn skills, make connections and gain experience that they can use to help them get work in the future,” she said.

Land of Giants, part of London 2012 Festival, is written and directed by Mark Murphy and funded by Legacy Trust UK, which gave the tickets away free of charge. All have now been allocated.