“The Steamie”, Community Show at New Venture Theatre. Photographer: Strat Mastoris

“Gladrags is one of the most community orientated theatre resources in the Brighton area. For most of us who are working on a budget, having places like this to come to – that are low cost, reliable and of high quality – is vital. Gladrags understands how to take care of people, they are flexible and knowledgeable. I don’t know what I would have done without them!”

Helen Caton, New Venture Theatre

Gladrags is a unique resource bringing the magic of costumes to community groups and organisations, including children and young people projects, schools & colleges and amateur & fringe arts. As a Charitable Trust, we are committed to reaching  groups and individuals who are marginalised and disadvantaged. By providing affordable costume hire to them, from our vast range of over 6000 costumes, we are able to resource their community, educational and wellbeing projects, supporting and enriching their work. In addition we provide costume hire to the general public for parties and social/ corporate events. This in effect subsidises the 60-80% discounted hire rates we offer not-for-profit organisations, and helps to fund our educational and community resources, which include:

A mother and two children dressed as clowns

Clowning around at our ‘As if By Magic’ dress-up-photo-shoot. Photographer: Strat Mastoris

  • Educational Workshops for children and young people from low-income families, teaching them sewing as a life skill, promoting the recycling and re-use of clothing.
  • Reminiscence activities such as “What we Wore” sessions and needlecraft get-togethers.
  • Tailored Resource and Discovery Boxes to enhance learning, promote reminiscence, and support sensory and storytelling work.
  • Dress-up Tents and Interactive Storytelling with children living in deprived areas, encouraging imaginative play and social interaction.

Our sliding scale  hire prices start at £3 an outfit per week and many of our workshops and community outreach activities are eligible for funding.

Gladrags is founded on the ethos of the re-use and recycling of clothing and materials, and this is reflected in our donated, adapted and recycled stock. We also provide re-cycled fabrics and costume storage to groups, encouraging an ethos of sharing community resources.

We have a range of policies that underpin our work and our responsibilities. As part of our data protection policy here is our Gladrags Privacy Notice, detailing how we collect, process and store personal data safely and in accordance with GDPR (General Data Protection Legislation).

Large group of men in red, purple, pink costumes, in front of their Pride float.

Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus about to board their float for the Pride Parade 2015, celebrating their 10th Anniversary.