Thursday 14 December 2017

Fair City spends over €160k on clothing allowance

Fair City actresses Aoibheann McCaul and Aoibhin Garrihy
Fair City actresses Aoibheann McCaul and Aoibhin Garrihy

EIMEAR RABBITTE

It's a far cry from 'Penneys' finest' for Carrigstown locals.

The RTE serial drama spent more than €160,000 on clothes for actors in Fair City over three years.

The iconic soap, which is based in a fictional area of Dublin's inner city, forked out nearly €60,000 for its cast members last year.

Figures released to the Herald under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, show that €57,690 was spent on wardrobe items for the soap in 2012. This includes male and female clothing, footwear and accessories.

One Fair City character who has expensive wardrobe tastes is on-screen uber-bitch Yvonne Doyle, who is portrayed by brunette actress Ciara Callaghan.

And nothing less than upmarket clobber is good enough for Yvonne.

"Yvonne wore a lot of Karen Millen," actress Sarah Flood, who played the character's younger sister Suzanne on the soap, told the Herald.

"There are so many clothes if you did a scene where you were going to a party, they would go out and get you a nice dress." Costs were up slightly on previous years, which also hit over the €50,000 mark when it came to wardrobe spend.

The costs amounted to €55,538 in 2011 and the lower total of €51,065 in 2010.

This covers 200 episodes per year with a weekly cast of 20 actors, on average.

Over the years, the soap has delivered some of Dublin's best known screen sirens, including the glamorous Dillon sisters, played by Aoibhin Garrihy and Aoibheann McCaul. As RTE do not separate costs of wardrobe items by gender, the figures included costume costs for all Fair City cast members.

While we doubt the tracksuits worn by resident gangster Zumo Bishop broke the bank, the show's male characters also have occasion to dress up.

Long-standing character Paul Brennan, played by Tony Tormey, and diner owner Bob Charles, played by Bryan Murray, are often spotted in sharp suits.

"I used to feel sorry for Una Crawford O'Brien, who played Renee, and the stuff she had to wear," laughed Sarah.

"There were a couple of wardrobe people on set and sometimes there would be bags of stuff."

The Montrose station has insisted that RTE stars don't get to keep the suits and dresses brought for them after they come off air.

A spokeswoman said that while the average amount of actors on set per week is 20, over the past three years Fair City has featured approximately 300 cast members.

"This is a modest budget by industry standards," she added.

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