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On the right is one of my latest designs, There are No Small Parts, which features a couple of characters taken from an original programme for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company production of Gil…

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I’ve been having a great deal of fun making these messenger bags that are now sold by Zazzle!  The bag I’m featuring today would be perfect as a very special first night present for friends in the Theatre, whether amateur or professional.  There are also all kinds of  accessories to add to the bag, from cross straps and drop pockets to moleskin notebooks.

The illustration is from the inside pages of my original theatre programme for Gilbert & Sullivan‘s The Gondoliers, produced by D’Oyly Carte at the Savoy Theatre in 1889.  The quote is a classic theatre saying and can be customized to suit or removed entirely.

Watch out for the next bag which will be the same as above but with a white background.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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There are No Small Parts Courier Bag
There are No Small Parts Courier Bag by FirstNightDesign

I’ve been having a great deal of fun making these messenger bags that are now sold by Zazzle!  The bag I’m featuring today would be perfect as a very special first night present for friends in the Theatre, whether amateur or professional.  There are also all kinds of  accessories to add to the bag from cross straps and drop pockets to moleskin notebooks.

The illustration is from the inside pages of my original theatre programme for Gilbert & Sullivan‘s The Gondoliers, produced by D’Oyly Carte at the Savoy Theatre in 1889.  The quote is a classic theatre saying and can be customized to suit or removed entirely.

Watch out for the next bag which will be the same as above but with a white background.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


There are No Small PartsOn the right is one of my latest designs, There are No Small Parts, which features a couple of characters taken from an original programme for the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1889. Accompanying the illustration is a classic theatrical saying: “There are no small parts, only small actors.”

Theatrical expressions are legion and, while many are merely superstitious, some of them, like this one, contain valuable nuggets of advice.  There are no small parts and while an actor may wish for a larger part to show off his or her talents, it is always worth remembering that with a small part one can give a performance that outshines all others on stage.  My late mother, actress and writer Benedicta Leigh, once played a maid in the West End in the 1950s and ‘stole all the notices’, even though the production had two or three stars in its cast!

Ballet and Theatre

This next image, Ballet and Theatre, is of unknown origin, which I bought from my colleague Mindy Sommers of  Vintage Art Download.  At a guess, it dates from the late 1910s or early 1920s and was possibly the cover of a ballet and theatre periodical.  It bears a stylistic resemblance to the posters and programmes for the Ballets Russes, including those illustrated by Leon Bakst.  Perhaps one of you may be able to shed some light on it.  The image is now available on all products at my gallery.  While it is categorized under Good Luck, the image would be suitable for any occasion.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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