I’ve shown you a bit of Maggie’s costume on the dressform, but of course you are still waiting to see it on a person, and to see Johnnie’s uniform.
Here are the very talented Rowena and Stuart in their costumes as Maggie (as a maid, and then a rural wife) and Johnnie (as a gunner in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, the Wellington Infantry Battalion ) pre-dress rehearsal for Home.
Maggie starts out the show as a domestic servant (in huge demand in early 20th century New Zealand).
Then she meets Johnnie, but 1914 comes, and he goes off to war:
Later in the show Maggie gets to take off her apron and be a rural housewife. Isn’t Rowena just adorable?
Home has just finished up its run in Hamilton, and is off to Auckland for a few shows. Do make an effort to see it if you can, it’s so sweet (and starts with Mairi’s Wedding, so I was always going to love it), and such a fascinating glimpse into a really important period in New Zealand history.