Counting and Cracking: The Importance of Costume

It’s interesting because we have gone through the eras. 40 years of costumes and dress from Ceylon to Sri Lanka for Counting and Cracking. And each character through the years was given the same colour palette and it’s a lovely palette of colours. It’s very vibrant and there’s also a purity and a sadness. In the days when it was Ceylon, whether they came from the Tamil community or the Sinhalese community people were very particular in what they wore and how they wore it and so it reflected who they were in the fabric of the country. It’s an unbelievable country. It was, and that era is there in the play but there’s also the sadness when the cracks started showing and the destruction came into the country. That is also woven into the script. That is also woven into the costumes.

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