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Costume design for theatre with Tom Piper

Guardian Masterclasses

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (BST)

Costume design for theatre with Tom Piper

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Costume is one of the key transformative elements that help create the magic of theatre. It's a form that results in exquisite works of art, but it's also intensely practical and collaborative. A costume designer must help bring to life the huge variety of worlds locked inside play texts, combining their own artistic vision with those of the director and other designers, and helping actors to inhabit their characters.

The aim of this evening, led by Olivier Award-winning, Royal Shakespeare Company Associate Designer Tom Piper, is to explore costume design from all of its angles, and end with a fuller understanding of all the possibilities and challenges of the role.

Course description

The course will begin with a talk from Tom Piper on his career and approach to design, after which there will be an opportunity to attendees to ask questions. It will then move into a practical exercise in small groups on how to interpret a play.

  • The evening will cover
  • The approach to text
  • The use of reference material and approach to costume history
  • Developing the world of the play through clothes
  • Plotting character journeys
  • The costume drawing
  • The use of colour
  • Choosing fabrics
  • Collaborating with actors, directors, other designers
  • Working with makers
  • The use of found items
  • Development of ideas through rehearsal and technicals
  • Costume in performance
  • Differences between theatre and film and television work














This course is for you if...

You're a current student of costume design or thinking about starting a course, you're a recent graduate or just starting out in the profession, you're involved in amateur theatre and want to learn more about costume design, or you're simply a theatre lover and want to gain a better appreciation of the work of the costume designer.

Tutor profile

Tom Piper is the Associate Designer at the RSC, for whom he has designed over 30 productions including the Olivier award winning Histories Cycle. He runs a Trainee designer programme at the RSC and regularly visits design Courses throughout the UK.for a full range of his work see his web site.


Date: Tuesday 9 July 2013
Times: 7pm-10pm
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Price: £39 (includes VAT, booking fee and refreshments)
Event capacity: 80
Dress code: There is no dress code for Masterclasses. Please dress however you feel comfortable.

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When & Where

The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (BST)

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Guardian Masterclasses

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Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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