We're off to see a performance of Fairy Queen this weekend and already it has had a profound impact on me. It was responsible for my first visit to Spotlight - a fabric and craft chain - where there are aisles and aisles of things to do, things to see. Who knew there was such a thing as a quilting calculator or that you could get metres and metres of faux fur from animals that could never really exist in the wild - not to mention large wooden initials, bigger than a handspan (notice that convenient sidestepping of another metric vs imperial decision and/or conversion). Or shiny fabrics; fabrics with animals, plain fabrics, textured fabrics; zippers, buttons, tulle ... too much to take in. My mission (a success bar the hyperventilation and getting lost among the fancy dress costumes and paint sets): purchase at least 300 metres of Gutermann #23 thread (which is actually dark brown) for Oberon's costume. Don't think I won't be watching that character with much interest!
(Did I mention that this production of Purcell's Fairy Queen is the first anywhere in the world by a GLBT choir.)