Costume Making and Maintenance Title: York Theatre Royal at the National Railway Museum 2015 (STEAM) Costume Making Group Location: Fixed location for making in the City of York. Production and Performance at the National Railway Museum Role Context: During 2015 York Theatre Royal is closing for a major redevelopment. Over this period the National Railway Museum will become our theatrical home which will include a number of projects and events, building upon the success of the award winning production The Railway Children – which will return as part of the partnership. Following the success of the York Mystery Plays 2012 and Blood and Chocolate we are working on an exciting new large-scale community production. The production (current working title is STEAM) will be written by Mike Kenny and Bridget Foreman and will look at the importance of the railways to York and it’s citizens over the last 200 years. The production will take place amongst the collections at the museum before leading its audience into a 1000 seat auditorium at the back of the museum. The aim of the project is to include a cast of 200 members of York’s community to work alongside the professional team to create a truly unique theatrical experience. This offers an opportunity for us to showcase York as a community and produce the most exciting, ambitious mass theatrical events in the UK, if not the world. We would really like you all to come and help create this project with us and hope to find community members in stage management, costume, FOH and many other areas. Purpose of the Role: To help make the costumes for STEAM and for some members of the team to help with maintenance of costumes come performance time. With up to 500 costumes needing to be made, this role is essential to this event! Working alongside the professional wardrobe team at York Theatre Royal and the Community Costume Making Team, we need as much time and focus as possible to help with all aspects of the costume making and fitting process. Tasks: To work alongside the wardrobe team at York Theatre Royal. To attend organised social costume making groups as regularly as possible. To work alongside other members of the community of all ages and experience to help make costumes towards the project. To assist with taking measurements of the acting company To help cut fabrics for costume making To help cut costumes patterns To help with the sewing of costumes (by hand and machine) To help with decorating and embellishments of costumes according to designs To help with the fitting of costumes To help with any alterations following fittings To help with the labelling of costumes To help with the breaking down of costumes To assist with the making and when needed the altering of patterns To assist with the administration towards costuming of the production To help with maintenance of Costumes during performance Skills Required: Ability to work closely within a small or large team of people An interest in sewing, cutting, embroidery or textiles A willingness to make as part of a group or individually at home A basic level of experience using sewing techniques and sewing machines An interest in sharing and/or developing knowledge in skills related to costume making at any level A reliable and friendly nature A willingness to commit To enjoy taking a major role in a unique and exciting piece of theatre. Potential Timetable: The Costume team will begin work during March 2015 to ensure enough time. This will be done on a flexible nature but the below dates give an idea of how it might be structured. This will of course change as people’s needs become more clear. November 2014 – Initial meeting for costume team March 2015 - Work will begin on a weekly basis. Venue TBC. Possible weekly sessions will offer daytime, evening and weekend sessions June 15th – July 11th - Production and performance dates. Costumes required for technical rehearsals. Also any maintenance between performances - which take place Monday - Saturday Evenings and Saturday Matinees. No Sunday performances. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE DATES ARE PROVISIONAL GUIDELINES. SPECIFIC SCHEDULES WILL BE ISSUED IN ADVANCE OF REHEARSALS BEGINNING AND WILL DEPEND ON THE ROLE YOU ARE OFFERED.