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 & performance project; in which Off The Wall Players will use oral history, fashion and applied theatre to explore codes of dress and how they can affect women.

Tower Hamlets Idea stage

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Women in society can be perceived 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 immersive pop up performances, applied theatre, fashion/dressmaking workshops and a play; Off The Wall Players will work with women from Aldgate, Bow, Poplar and Peckham to examine how codes of dress can effect women’s lives. By delivering pop up performances, fashion and drama workshops in fun, relaxed spaces women will feel free to share their experiences of clothes, fashion and how that has shaped them. These women’s experiences will be recorded, collated and archived. Off The Wall Players will use the interviews, research and dresses made in workshops to create an interactive play. This play will be used to open a dialogue where the actors and audience can discuss women, fashion and how it effects them

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 performance staged by the community from the movement/fashion & dressmaking workshops, in Aldgate.
  • That Dress! A newly written play, be toured in Tower Hamlets, previewing in Aldgate.

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 written 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:

  • Researching key areas, compiling questions, plan performances, collaboration with womens groups
  • Pop up performances in Aldgate, Bow, Peckham and Poplar.
  • History workshops, dressmaking workshops and oral history interviews.
  • Drama workshops and writing the play using the oral history research and interviews
  • Rehearsals of play with a mix of participants and professional actors.
  • Iinternational womens day Performance in Aldgate of fashion workshops participants
  • Performances of the play in Aldgate Peckham, Poplar and Bow.
  • Evaluation, feedback and report.

Off The Wall Players will collaborate with women’s groups and charities in the four key areas, working with vulnerable and at risk women who might not have access to the applied arts. By engaging with diverse women in a variety of ways; we will reach a cross section of the communities that the project is delivered in, ensuring inclusivity. Working in partnership will enable us to consolidate and ground our research by, cross referencing and sharing the information and work that these groups are already doing. This will allow us to complement work that is already being done by creating a divergent, creative and relevant project that brings groups of women together who don’t usually collaborate. Because we will be collaborating with local women’s groups who are already working in the community, we can tap into existing networks, share our skills/research and leave a longer lasting legacy of transformation and community cohesion.

Location Tower Hamlets

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London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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How will the money be spent?Total £29,471

Writer - £6,000 (20%)
Research and development - £2,160 (7%)
Venue Hire for final performances - £1,785 (6%)
Venue Hire for workshops - £1,698 (6%)
9 days of research and development - £1,680 (6%)
Professional Actors - £1,600 (5%)
3 days of acting fees for 4 actors - £1,600 (5%)
15 community art and fashion workshops - £1,440 (5%)
24 community drama workshops - £1,200 (4%)
Recording and editing oral history recordings - £1,110 (4%)
Other - £9,199 (31%)

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.

Research and development
Venue Hire for final performances
Venue Hire for workshops
9 days of research and development
Professional Actors
3 days of acting fees for 4 actors
15 community art and fashion workshops
24 community drama workshops
Recording and editing oral history recordings
  • Spacehive fees
  • 4 days of oral history recording and editing
  • Transaction Fees
  • Audio recording equipment and pc use
  • Dress-making Workshop sewing machine, material and dress making tools
  • Promotion, Publicity and admin costs.
  • Expenses for volunteers
  • Stage Manager
  • Costumes & props
  • Publicity and promotion
  • 2 art and fashion worshops
  • costume and props
  • refreshments
  • Choreographer
  • Travel Costs
  • Lighting technician 3 days
  • Evaluation and report writing for workshops, performances and whole project
  • Sound Technician
  • Community Drama workshop
  • Choreographer
  • VAT
  • Evaluation and Report writing
  • Travel
  • 1 day of lighting design/operation
  • 1 day of sound design/operation
  • Writers fee
  • 1 day of Stage Management


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 pay the whole writers whole fee, to spend on more rehearsal time; pay actor and technicians and everyone who has offered time/expertise in kind to support this community project.

Total £29,471

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