close search

That Dress!

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

That Dress!

That Dress!

Off The Wall Players By Off The Wall Players

That Dress! is a 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 affect women and girls.

Tower Hamlets Idea stage

This project is preparing for fundraising. Click Like to show your support, or Follow for updates on this project's journey.

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 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 explore codes of dress and how it effects their lives.

What we'll deliver:

  • Pop up performances in Aldgate, Bow and Poplar
  • Weekly Applied Drama workshops exploring the history of women and how they dress.
  • Dress making workshops where women can learn practical skills in designing and making.
  • Oral history recordings of participants responses women, codes of dress and how they are personally affected.
  • A performance staged by the community inspired by history of fashion & oral history interviews in Aldgate, Bow Poplar
  • A newly written play, to be toured in Tower Hamlets, previewing in Aldgate.
  • A mixture of inclusive, online and in person workshops that are covid secure
  • An interactive performance on International Women's Day that explores the codes of dress and how they affect women.
  • Research and development before, during and post the project
  • Evaluation and report of the project

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 covid safe and inclusive, supported spaces; both online and in person where women; in key areas will explore how women are represented through styles of dress and fashion. They will be able to discuss this and archive their responses through oral history techniques. We will use dress making and the history or fashion classes for women to engage with an arts making project . We will devise and perform a play based on the community oral history and fashion workshops run in the project. to be performed as a project finale We will use oral history interviews to create a part devised part written play. Making Art by the community and professional actors for the community. The play will illuminate and explore the cultural, historical and political aspects of women, 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.
  • Upcycling classes teaching how to upcycle old/unwanted clothes instead of buying new ones
  • Recycling accessories to make new ones instead of disposing of them
  • Evaluation, feedback and report.

Off The Wall Players will collaborate with women’s groups and charities in four key areas, working with vulnerable/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, leaving a longer lasting legacy of transformation and community cohesion. We will create safe, Covid secure spaces using latest gov guidelines.

Location Tower Hamlets

About the space



London Borough of Tower Hamlets

How will the money be spent?Total £20,796

Writer - £6,000 (29%)
Research and development - £2,160 (10%)
3 days of acting fees for 4 actors - £1,600 (8%)
performance venue hire costs - £1,085 (5%)
Venue Hire for final performances - £985 (5%)
Audio recording equipment and pc use - £829 (4%)
1 performance venue costs - £800 (4%)
4 days of oral history recording and editing - £740 (4%)
8 community drama workshops - £480 (2%)
Professional Actors - £450 (2%)
Other - £5,667 (27%)

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
3 days of acting fees for 4 actors
performance venue hire costs
Venue Hire for final performances
Audio recording equipment and pc use
1 performance venue costs
4 days of oral history recording and editing
8 community drama workshops
Professional Actors
Other Read More
  • Costumes & props
  • Publicity and promotion
  • 2 art and fashion worshops
  • Venue Hire for workshops
  • Expenses for volunteers
  • 4 venue hire costs
  • Spacehive fees
  • Community Drama workshop
  • 4 online community art and fashion workshops
  • 4 half days of research and development
  • 3 dress making workshops
  • Recording and editing oral history recordings
  • choreographer
  • Choreographer
  • costume and props
  • Transaction Fees
  • Evaluation and report writing for workshops, performances and whole project
  • Lighting technician
  • Sound Technician 2
  • Evaluation and Report writing
  • Travel
  • 1 day of lighting design/operation
  • 1 day of sound design/operation
  • Report writing
  • Writers fee
  • Stage Manager
  • 1 day of Stage Management
  • Travel Costs
  • Promotion, Publicity and admin costs.
  • refreshments
  • 1 online fashion and history of fashion workshop
  • 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:

  • Pay all the creatives fees given in kind
  • Pay the Technicians fees given in kind
  • Pay research and development fees given in kind

Total £20,796

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

Want to help?

Do you have stuff or skills to contribute to this project? Use this tool to offer something to the project creator.

{{comment.UserName}} Creator Backer
{{reply.UserName}} Creator Backer