From the pen of guest blogger, costume designer Alice Prowse

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November 24, 2012 by wandalusst

Research by mash-up? This is just some of the preparation our costume designer undertook as part of the creative development process. Read on for her musings on the habits of swans and nuns!


Birds of the Anatidae family and related to geese

Roman Catholic religious order with women wearing a crosspiece

This particular bird of black or white choose their partners for life

Their roles in communities include teacher, councillor and midwife

They lay up to 8 eggs in a ‘clutch’

The sector ‘Ladies of Bethany’ is in fact Dutch

‘Swanlings’ or ‘cygnets’ are the title for their young

A holy habit is worn when the hymns are sung

A male is a ‘cob’ and a pen’ is a lady

The nuns spend their days and nights in what is called an ‘abbey’

In the form of a ‘wedge’ or ‘bevy’ the swans can migrate

The ‘veil’, ‘coif’ & ‘guimopes’ are a set of headdress and breastplate

In the continent of Africa there are no native swans

A public artwork erected in Washington of traditional nuns in bronze

The male swans assist in the preparation of the nest

A perpetual ring is worn after all their sins are confessed

The black swan, the emblem for the West, is an Australian Native

‘Postulancy’ is the beginning stage for a nun who is pensive

“The Flying Nun” with the theme tune of “Who Needs Wings to Fly?’’

Relative to both swans and nuns, both of which are shy.



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