Catalyst Theatre presents: Fortune Falls
January 17 - February 5, 2017
In the town of Fortune Falls, the sweet smell of chocolate fills the hearts of all who work at the Mercey Chocolate Factory. But when the factory suddenly closes, an idealistic security guard is left to uncover its hidden secrets. A dreamlike fable through the sweetest place on Earth, Fortune Falls is a synthpop anthem for a generation trying to find their place in a broken town, and a young man’s journey to save the place he loves.
Costume designer Megan Koshka helped contribute to this innovative visual production through the use of unusual materials and layering techniques.
“Catalyst are known for using different materials to create this really in-depth visual language with the costumes,” Koshka says.
For inspiration, the costume designer looked to modern day high fashion clothing designers with a relaxed but youthful and buoyant feel to the clothes.
When it came to dressing the characters that used to live and work and thrive in the factory, Koshka says she purposely created all the costumes they put on with an element of translucency to them so they are see-through.
“You’ll notice in the show too everything has the Mercey gold and blue…the characters that make up the core belong to the Mercey Chocolate Factory that once sustained the town of Fortune Falls … they tell our main character about their story and their struggles.”
To achieve that sense of buoyancy and transparency Koshka used a lot of layering and dimension in the clothing as well as surprising and unusual materials such as vinyl, PVC pipe, aquatic tubing, fishnetting – and a lot of hot glue! Shaping these materials into what people recognize as clothing was a fun challenge for the costume designer, who has worked with Catalyst on past productions.
While Koshka has drawn inspiration from modern sources and materials, the characters and their clothes belong to a time long past to inform and reiterate that the factory has been abandoned and the people we meet have also been abandoned by the current times.
Fortune Falls runs from January 17 - February 5, 2017 at the Maclab Theatre.