Through the lens: The unsung heroes of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
We easily forget the many people who work tirelessly under the radar to bring a production to life. Actress and photographer, Candice van Litsenborgh took her camera backstage at Priscilla Queen of the Desert, a production which boasts a majority female crew, to give us a glimpse at some of the unsung heroes of the show.
“I started in 1996. I finished nursing because I wanted to raise my own kids. But then I got bored and my sister introduced me to the theatre. I really love the challenges that come with dressing people. Some of the quick changes, the adrenalin rush! It’s so fast! It’s team work, a beautiful bunch of people [that] I work with. We’ve developed skills repairing things you never thought you could fix, shoes, jewelry, hats. We get the job done and the show goes on. There are hiccups sometimes but you just get over that hill and make it work for everyone.” – Naseba Daniels, Principal Dresser
“The best advice I’ve ever gotten was “it doesn’t have to be perfect,” even though you want it to be. I studied entertainment technology. [I] first went into television and didn’t like it. I always wanted to do theatre. I first did Dreamgirls, then I did Phantom for four years, then Annie and now this [Priscilla.] I create magic at the moment, but I kinda feel there is something more and that’s why I want to be a paramedic. Still, I’m proud of what I do. For an hour or two you make people happy.”- Elzarie Botha, Wig stylist