As well as masks for parties, balls, mardi gras, carnivale and cosplay, I make theatre masks for stage. Many of the masks you see in the shop can be used in theatre and other kinds of performance like cosplay parades. I also make Commedia Dell Arte masks especially for theatre and school drama classes, in fact that’s where my passion for making masks all started.
My full-faced masquerade masks in action
Four Seasons Masks
Centrepiece Productions Performances
I performed with my husband Chris Newland in fringe theatre, schools and nightclubs from 1978 to 2003. First we called ourselves Mr Jupiter’s Children’s Theatre, and our adult shows used the name Jupiter Dance Theatre, then we became Tahlia & Kris for the nightclub shows, and finally Centrepiece Productions.
Here are just a few photos of my masks in performance.
The full face masks you see in this gallery, I made from a plastic impregnated fabric called fabric form. It’s a wonderful medium but you can’t get it anymore. Before finding this material I used paper mache, but it’s not as resilient and takes a lot longer to make. If I was performing now – which I’m not – I’d use papier mache again. The full head masks and the half masks are made of latex. I still sell the Comedia Del Arte masks today, you can find them here. We also sell sets of neutral masks for schools.
And here are some very short video compilations of my performing days from the 80’s and 90’s.
Unfortunately video quality wasn’t that great back then, but you’ll get the idea.