Racing to School brightens up performance of My Fair Lady

Leicester-based Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group approached Racing to School to help bring some authenticity to their recent production of the multi-award winning American musical film, My Fair Lady.

The group were looking to dress the cast members in genuine racing silks to recreate the famous Ascot race scene, where the main character Eliza Doolittle, played in the film by Audrey Hepburn lets slip the cockney accent when cheering on one of the runners she had been working so hard to replace.

After making a number of enquiries via the Pony Club, the Theatre got in touch with the charity and we were happy to provide a full set for the cast.

“It is such an iconic musical,” said Community Engagement Manager, Adam Harman. “We were pleased to lend a hand, especially as the theme of the story is connected to literacy.”

“We understand that the performance was a great success and the young aspiring actors and actresses had great fun wearing the genuine jockey silks.”

Karen Jamieson, Treasurer of the theatre group commented: “In My Fair Lady there is an Ascot race scene and when our Director wanted to dress our Juniors in authentic jockey silks we had a bit of a dilemma and our approaches to costume hire companies drew a complete blank. We contacted The Pony Club and they thankfully forwarded the details of Racing to School who generously agreed to loan several sets of silks to us. We are grateful to Adam Harman for his help and assistance, and our Juniors thoroughly enjoyed being jockeys for the week of the production. It is without a doubt that the loan of professional jockey silks brought the scene to life, and under theatre strobe lighting our jockeys really did achieve the authenticity of a day at the races.”

The Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group is an amateur musical theatre group based in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, in the UK. The Society was formed in 1962 and has continued to perform musicals annually since that date.