For this years Okehampton Carnival we dressed up as butterflies which was part of our Morpheus production, which took place earlier on in the year. It took us four weeks of preparation to get ready for the carnival. In this time we made butterfly lanterns out of willow and paper, they are very tall and impressive; we had some troubles getting the candles into the lanterns.
Our butterflies were very bright and vivid and the candles shining through them made them look very pretty. After we covered the willow in newspaper we painted it in PVA glue to make it stronger, then painted it in a layer of UV paint and even more PVA to make it weather proof.
Once we finished weather proofing wen cut out shapes from music paper and other jazzy paper, fabric and materials to make the wings look more like butterfly wings. Some people carried these and other people played their drums. We have been practising our drumming but we didn't really take in to account how difficult it would be to hear the whistle blower outside so we had to sort of go with the flow! None the less, we were still loud and awesome! Not only did we have all of this we also had butterfly wings on, masks and our Morpheus horse to lead the way.
All of this hard work paid off as we improved on last years result of second place by coming FIRST IN OUR CATEGORY!!! We were the best costumed group and we were given a certificate which we stuck on the horses face so everybody could see.
We had tired feet and arms by the end of the night but it was totally worth it!
Written by Abi Innocent, Published by Dom Palfreman