Until 2000 BOAT hired most of their costumes from the RSC. As an experiment, a small but enthusiastic team made the costumes for our 2001 production of Twelfth Night. The result was so successful that we have made our own ever since.
We currently have a dedicated Costume Unit in Poole which is large enough for storage and to provide a workshop. Although some of our Volunteers have advanced dressmaking skills, much of what we do involves simple organisation of items, maintenance and repairs: sewing on buttons, trimmings, hemming and even glueing. We also need help with hair and make-up if that is your particular interest and there is the opportunity for the costume team to help with wardrobe backstage during the production.
If you love stunning fabrics, accessories, and jewellery you’ll find an outlet for your creativity whatever the level – and can be sure of a warm welcome. You can either sew in your own home or come to the store and get involved on site – tea, coffee and biscuits always on hand!
Auditions and Open Evenings are held every year in January, however you can join us at any time during the year using our crew sign up form.
Amazing dedicated and inspiring team to work with