What are the costumes looking like?
All aboard in shipshape fashion! My dedicated team of volunteers and I have been busily stitching
away to create costumes for the cast of Treasure Island. From my initial designs to the final fittings
we have been working hard to create a nautical 18 th century aesthetic.
The costuming process is now in its final stages, with a focus on alterations for size and additional
design features. We are particularly working on ‘breaking down’ the costumes, a technique used to
artificially age them with paint, dye and sandpaper. This gives the outfits a lived in feel and a sense
of history to the character.
Some of the more unusual costumes have required a lot of creative thinking and experimentation to
make. My favourites of these have been turning leather into wood and the giant masks of the
mystical island deity character ‘Davy Jones’. The masks had to be big and durable but also light and
easy to put on or take off, quite a challenge.
Elements of the costumes have had to change as the cast goes through rehearsals. Sometimes an
actor needs to move in a way we were not expecting, needs extra pockets for props or needs to
make a quick exit from one costume to another. All of these factors have to be taken into account
when making for a theatre production.
Although we still have plenty to do we are on track to create a fantastic collection of costumes which
I can’t wait to see in action.