I know that you will find this hard to believe but we make and recycle all our own costumes. By we I do of course include our fair wives and partners to whose superior technical skills we often defer in this technical of areas.
We try and create costumes to reflect and enhance our plays. For our historical epics such as the Rock of Gibraltar, and the Siege of Bradford we create accurate representations of the characters uniforms and dress. In the pagan plays like Grass Green and John Barleycorn imagination runs free for characters like North Wind, decidedly S&M, Jack Frost and the horny Jack Frost.
Important lessons learned over the years are pockets, flies and one size fits all.
These include assorted swords, guns, cannons, shields, horses, giants (one and two headed), boats chimneys, towers and rocks. The main criteria here is noise. If it doesn’t bang, clatter or make a visual joke it’s not worth the effort of carting it all over the country and dragging it from spot to pub and on to the next spot all day long.
Giants are a particular pain. Not only has somebody got to store and transport the thing but it is murder keeping yourself hydrated and going to the loo. You may be encased in wood, cloth and papier mache but you are still expected to black up as well.