Last Friday evening, I went to the Press Night of ‘Storm in a Flower Vase’, a new play in London about Constance Spry.
If you’ve not heard of Constance before, she was an iconic floral designer and cookery writer.
In 1928, at the age of 42, she opened her first flower shop in London.
The play gives you a wonderful insight into her life…both her passion for flower decoration (as it was called, as opposed to floristry) and her relationships.
I thoroughly enjoyed Storm and found Penny Downie, who played Connie, to be totally mesmerising.
For me, there was the perfect combination of floral detail, mixed with the comings and goings of Constance and her husband’s interesting relationships!
There were little nuggets for florists-to-be sprinkled throughout the play, including Constance’s advice to develop your own style and details of how to arrange particular blooms.
The majority of the flowers used on set were silk…which is totally understandable considering the heat that they’re exposed to daily via the stage lighting.
Here are some more images from the play…
If you’d like an insight into Constance’s life, I highly recommend going to see ‘Storm in a Flower Vase’.
It’s on at the Arts Theatre in the West End until Saturday, 12th October.
P.S. The play was inspired by the book ‘The Surprising Life of Constance Spry’ by Sue Shephard and I’ll be starting to read my copy very soon.
(Images : Arts Theatre)