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Hilda Collins, who died recently at the age of 92, joined The Questors with her late husband Bill in 1943, and immediately became involved with the work of the Wardrobe Department. She was one of a small band of largely anonymous workers ("Costumes by the Wardrobe Staff"), who did show after show, producing costumes of the very highest standard. Only perfection would do for Hilda: on one occasion she sat up half the night, labouriously unpicking the machine-stitched hems of three very full skirts,
returning them the next day immaculately and invisibly hand-sewn.

Her last production in overall charge as Wardrobe Mistress was The Ghost Train in 1973, but she continued helping with costumes until well into her eighties and her happy presence was always enjoyed by her fellow workers.

As a small acknowledgement of her unique service, she was elected an Honorary Life member of The Questors in 1974.

A.E.J.E. and B.E.
[QUESTOPICS 300 June 1988]

Hilda Collins at The Questors

1949 Candida
1949 The Little Dry Thorn
1949 Othello
1950 Paradise Street
1950 Shadow and Substance
1950 The Tinsel of Athens
1950 The Winter's Tale
1951 Asmodée
1951 By Further Request
1951 Two Gentlemen of Verona
1952 You Can't Take It with You
1953 Major Barbara
1953 Thieves' Carnival
1954 Jig for a Gypsy
1955 The Three Honourable Gentlemen
1956 Getting Married
1956 Gilgamesh
1956 Sacrifice to The Wind
1957 The Far-Off Hills
1957 The Miser
1957 Pygmalion
1957 The River Line
1958 Julius Caesar
1958 The Long Spoon
1958 The Voice of Shem (Finnegan's Wake)
1959 The Birthday Party
1959 The Cave Dwellers
1959 The Knight of The Burning Pestle
1959 Questrionics
1959 The Scythe and The Sunset
1960 Christopher Columbus
1960 The Lesson
1960 Professor Taranne
1960 The Tempest
1960 Three Sisters
1961 Ghosts
1961 The Living Room
1961 Sergeant Musgrave's Dance
1962 Death of a Salesman
1962 Lysistrata
1962 Month in The Country, A
1962 Next Time I'll Sing to You
1962 Twelfth Night
1963 Antigone
1963 The Fire Raisers
1963 TheMalcontent
1963 These Cornfields
1964 Brand
1964 Dandy Dick
1964 Dark of The Moon
1964 Hindle Wakes
1964 Sweeney Todd
1965 Let's Get a Divorce
1965 Major Barbara
1966 Arms and the Man
1966 A Night Out
1966 The Other Son

1966 The Red Velvet Goat
1966 Ring Round the Moon
1967 The Beaux' Stratagem
1967 The Flying Dutchman
1968 Edward II
1968 The Laughing Willow
1968 Romeo and Juliet
1968 The Shaughraun
1969 Black Eye'd Susan
1969 The Comedy of Errors
1969 Peer Gynt
1970 The Disorderly Women
1970 The Fall and Redemption of Man
1970 Henry IV Part 2
1971 A Delicate Balance
1971 The Duchess of Malfi
1971 The Italian Girl
1972 Alchemist, The
1972 Candlelight and Babylon
1972 Catsplay
1972 A Doll's House
1972 The Seagull
1973 As You Like It
1973 The Ghost Train
1973 Heartbreak House
1974 The Ancestor
1974 The Friends of the Friends
1974 Old Times
1976 Agitator
1976 A Flea in Her Ear
1976 Pride and Prejudice
1976 Three Sisters
1977 Toad of Toad Hall
1978 The Ride Across Lake Constance
1978 Vatslav
1979 The Ghost Sonata

1979 Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
1979 The Vampire
1979 When We are Married
1980 Cinderella
1980 Macbeth
1980 The White Devil
1981 Knickers
1981 The Winter's Tale
1982 Arsenic and Old Lace
1982 Equus
1982 The Relapse
1983 And a Nightingale Sang...
1983 Period of Adjustment
1983 The Third Great Coarse Acting Show
1983 Waldo and the Wonderful Web
1984 Lark Rise
1984 Sherlock Holmes