That Dress!

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That Dress!

That Dress!

Off The Wall Players By Off The Wall Players

That Dress, is an oral history, fashion and performance project in which Off The Wall Players will use oral history, fashion and applied drama to explore codes of dress and how they can effect women.

Tower Hamlets Idea stage

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Women in society can be pecieved in specific ways and assumptions made about them based on how they dress. That Dress!, is a project that will explore, deconstruct and teach skills that enable women to empower themselves through arts as a educative and transformative tool. Through pop up performances and Applied theatre, fashion/dressmaking workshops, Off The Wall Players will work with women from Aldgate, Bow, Poplar and Peckham to examine how codes of dress can effect womens life. We will deliver pop up performances, fashion and drama workshops in fun, relaxed spaces in which women will feel free to share their experiences of clothes, fashion and how that has shaped them. These womens experiences will be recorded, collated and archived. Off The Wall Players will use the experiences, and dresses made in workshops to create an interactive Forum theatre piece; that will be used to open a dialogue where the actors and audience can discuss women, fashion and how they can be perceived.

What we'll deliver:

  • Four pop up performances in Aldgate, Bow, Poplar and Peckham.
  • Weekly drama workshops exploring the history of women and how they dress.
  • Four accessory and dress making workshops where women can learn practical skills in designing and making.
  • Oral history recordings of particpants responses women, codes of dress and how they are personally effected.
  • A forum theatre play to be performed on international womens day March 2020 and then toured in each key area

Why it's a great idea:

The project is a great idea as we start straight away by engaging the community and asking what they think by using pop up performances as an engagement technique. Off The Wall Players will create safe and supported spaces where women from four key areas Aldgate, Bow Poplar and Peckham will explore how women are represented through styles of dress and fashion. They will be able to discuss this and archive their respones through oral history techniques. We will use dress making and the history or fashion classes for women to engage with the project in one way. For other participants who wish to engage through performance, we will teach performance skills, devise and perform a play to be performed on international womens day. We will use some of the oral history interviews to create a part devised part verbatim play performed by local women and professional actors. The play will illuminate and explore the cultural, historical and politcal aspects of woman, fashion and codes of dress.

Steps to get it done:

  • End December to start of January researching, four key areas, compiling questions and writing the pop up performances
  • Second week of Janurary , pop up performances in Aldgate, Bow, Peckham and Poplar
  • Mid january, History workshops, dressmaking workshops and oral history interviews.
  • End of January February drama workshops and devising the play using some of the oral history testimonies verbatim.
  • February to March rehearsals of play with a mix of participants and professional actors.
  • 8th of March (international womens day) sharing of the play in Aldgate.
  • Mid March to end of March performances of the play in Peckham, Poplar and Bow.
  • April evaluation, feedback and report.

Location Tower Hamlets

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London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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How will the money be spent?Total £28,908

Writer - £6,110 (21%)
Professional Actors - £3,200 (11%)
9 days of research and development - £1,920 (7%)
Recording and editing oral history recordings - £1,850 (6%)
15 community art and fashion workshops - £1,800 (6%)
Venue Hire for final performances - £1,785 (6%)
Venue Hire for workshops - £1,698 (6%)
24 community drama workshops - £1,440 (5%)
Promotion, Publicity and admin costs. - £960 (3%)
costume and props - £800 (3%)
Other - £7,345 (25%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Professional Actors
9 days of research and development
Recording and editing oral history recordings
15 community art and fashion workshops
Venue Hire for final performances
Venue Hire for workshops
24 community drama workshops
Promotion, Publicity and admin costs.
costume and props
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • Audio recording equipment and pc use
  • Dress-making Workshop sewing machine, material and dress making tools
  • Stage Manager
  • Choreographer
  • Expenses for volunteers
  • Travel Costs
  • evaluation and report writing for workshops, performances and whole project
  • Lighting technician 3 days
  • Sound Technician
  • refreshments
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: To make more dresses, to pay the whole writers fee, to spend on more rehearsal time.

Total £28,908

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