The producers and costume designer of the forthcoming Sleepless musical have joined forces to help make scrubs for NHS workers fighting coronavirus.
Together with producers Michael Rose and Damien Sanders, Sue Simmerling has donated 800 metres of fabric to the campaign Helping Dress Medics, set up by television costume makers to assist the NHS during the pandemic.
The fabric will be be turned into personal protective equipment for health workers by people working across the UK, with Simmerling also contributing to the cause.
Alongside her team at the company she owns, Carry On Costumes, Simmerling is already making 70 sets of scrubs for Guy’s Hospital in London.
She had recently finished designing and making the costumes for Sleepless: A Musical Romance, which had been due to open at the Troubadour Theatre in Wembley Park.
Simmerling then became involved with the Helping Dress Medics initiative, launched by Dulcie Scott – a costume supervisor on the BBC’s His Dark Materials adaptation. Sleepless’ producers, Rose and Sanders, agreed to share the cost of 800 metres of fabric to adjust her focus to helping the NHS.
Rose and Sanders also said they would devote a performance of the show to NHS workers, once it opens, allowing healthcare professionals to attend for free.
They said: “We were so glad to help Sue and her team. While theatres are closed, this is something we can do to help the people on the frontline in this fight against Covid-19. And, as a thank you to these NHS heroes, we wanted to welcome them to the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre once we’re all back up and running and to see Sleepless free of charge.”
Sleepless is a musical adaptation of the film Sleepless in Seattle, and when open it will star Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh.