Palace intrigue

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) never turn down an opportunity to tackle a period piece, especially a court drama so full of grandiosity and spectacle. The troupe dove head first into making costumes and a set for this scene in the throne room/banquet area of the royal palace.

Supporting actors were brought up from the castle dungeon to play their roles as royal apologists. Knees shaking, they demure to his majesty, who guards his claim to the throne, declaring “I rated 5 stars and you didn’t!”. Just ask the royal chief strategist, lurking in the shadows with staff in alt-right hand, awaiting his fate after irking and upstaging the leading man. The court is teaming with suspense over whose head(s) will be the next to roll!

Meanwhile, the wardrobe department had their hands full fitting and dressing the cast in regal attire.

On the set, the director staged the actors for maximum dramatic effect.

Between rehearsals, the Wee Folk Players took a well deserved break backstage.

What royal table is complete without a bowl of grapes? Cast members kept trying to nibble a few, only to find out they were as hard as glass! It can be a challenge to figure out what is real and what is fake around here!

The Wee Folk Players (They’re a Stitch) formed after the 2016 election and have produced a string of episodes in the American Drama Series. To keep up with new posts, subscribe to this blog (top right column on the home page). For a wide ranging look at new and old material from my studio, please follow along on Instagram and Facebook. And to find out about Salley Mavor’s post-election satire, please read this interview.

23 thoughts on “Palace intrigue

  1. The image with Salley and her hand in the picture reminded me of Gulliver’s Travels….
    High praise, again, for the props staff. No detail is ever ignored !!!
    Dare we anticipate the arrival of the King’s family?
    Might the King acquire a golden scepter (that resemble a golf club)?
    Looking forward with anticipation….
    Three cheers for the Wee Folk Players !

  2. When you wrote about the chief strategist’s “alt-right hand” I actually looked to see if there was a third little hand coming out of his costume somewhere, LOL!


  3. Again, you have outdone yourself! It amazes me how you can continue to create such masterful works but then, again, the subject matter is there for the picking. Love your depiction of Kelly Anne Conway and “His Trumpness. “

  4. Oh Salley, you have ready-made scripts in hand for many months to come. Love your pic and hand to the side too. We can forget the scale of these works. I Love all the gorgeous details!
    Thank you!

  5. You’ve captured their likenesses so well, in miniature. Mad skills. If only you could hover over the White House and reach inside…

  6. Former White House Council John Dean was on Tavis Smiley on PBS last week and he had so much to say about “this man” ( it’s still hard for me to call him President), but he said that around the Trump golf course he is known as the I hope you find and see the interview.. it was pretty interesting and pretty scary. Keep up the great work..

    • Thanks JJ, your thoughts are well taken. Interestingly, I’m in the middle of composing a future post that addresses this issue. It’s definitely not safe for the fairies to come out again. But, I can tell you that the Wee Folk Players will be going part time soon, as previous commitments have been postponed long enough. So here’s the dilemma — I’m starting a years long children’s book project that I won’t be able to show until it’s published in around 2019. I would like to keep this blog going, but don’t know if I’ll have the time and energy, so we’ll see. For more of a balance of material, you can always follow me on Instagram or Facebook

  7. Your wit and artistry never ceases to amaze me. Your telling of this atrocious debacle seems to put all in perspective. A way to see the troubles ahead with the slightest touch of satire and a great deal of artistry. As always, your detail wins out. Will continue following the developments of the Wee Folk players as well as your amazing embroidery skills!

  8. I read about your book deadline you have looming. Oh, I will miss the Wee Folk players if they have to go into a recess (rather like Congress or maybe not!). I understand your need to concentrate on your work for the book. OH! I willl miss you and your players. They have helped me with my sanity in the face of this debacle. This week’s installment is spot on as usual and filled with your attention to detail and wit.

    • Thanks for your support and I’m so glad that these little installments have contributed to your sanity! I’ll explain what’s happening in my 100 days in office post.

  9. Love each episode! But as I read the word “period” in the text a few times, I was reminded of the “Periods for Pence” resistance movement in his home state…..

  10. These posts are wonderful. The miniature characters so true to form!
    Another news item (NY Mag) begging to be done:
    “The president of the United States has requested to ride in Queen Elizabeth II’s golden state carriage during his upcoming visit to Buckingham Palace — a choice that will require a “monster” security operation. Officials told the Times of London that, “The White House has made clear it regards the carriage procession down the Mall as an essential element of the itinerary for the visit currently planned for the second week of October.”
    But, of course this might require a huge cast of characters.

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