The Offbeat ‘Alice’ costumes have had an outing! Retford Youth Theatre have been performing a version of ‘Alice’ (there are many) and from the few photos I’ve seen so far, it looks pretty amazing. Great set, moody lighting & I’m so chuffed that our costumes have added to the magic they have created. Well done all – this is one of the photos and I’m guessing a game of croquet has just been played …

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This is more like it! We did a production of Beauty and the Beast a few years back and I created/assembled steampunk costumes for the musicians, stage crew and narrator/singer (pictured). About to create a whole lot more for a steampunk Alice in Wonderland costume hire. Watch this space…

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A Moody Shot

Barbara —  February 14, 2017 — Leave a comment

Just looking through a few photos for steampunk costume pics and I found this fantastically moody shot from our Beauty and the Beast production a few years back. We did use steampunk costumes in that show, but not for the Beast (Joshua Herriott on the right with cool dreadlocks) or Mr Richman (Mark Cox cringing on the left with a stolen rose) .. so I’ll keep looking then…
Photo by Tom Flathers.

Beauty and the Beast script Offbeat Theatre

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Bad Guys?

Barbara —  February 14, 2017 — Leave a comment

This great shot of singing and dancing Hoods is from the recent production of Bugsy Malone by Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School in Rochester. We weren’t able to supply the school with many costumes or guns, but we helped out where we could from our ‘spare’ stock! I’m loving the glimpse of set we get here … looks atmospheric (I like a moody, atmospheric set).

Hoods from Bugsy Malone

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Hoods!

Barbara —  February 7, 2017 — Leave a comment

Fantastic publicity shot from the recent Bugsy Malone production by Festival Productions at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. I just love the determined and serious attention these hoods are giving – the car’s pretty good as well! Also loving the moustaches … a fine complement to our costumes (but alas, not our guns – we can’t ship them overseas, however small the sea may be).

Bugsy Malone Festival Productions Dublin

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One of the things we do at Offbeat HQ is make costumes and props. We usually start with a production of our own and then, if there’s a demand, we hire them out! After a production of Alice’s Adventures last year, we decided to make some of the costumes available. Tigerlily, Violet and Rose are 3 of the Talking Flowers in the ‘Looking Glass’ part of Alice and these are the ‘mark II’ costumes (yes I did airbrush the mannequin’s arms out). A production, featuring these and other Offbeat costumes, will be taking place at Retford Little Theatre in a couple of weeks… (can’t wait for production photos).

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We recently helped to costume a production of Romeo and Juliet for Bourne End Academy in Bucks. This looks like a suitably sombre, atmospheric shot of the final scene to me. The 20s style is so elegant and instantly associated with parties (of the rich) and gangsters. Good choice for Romeo and Juliet – we also do a ‘Punk Elizabethan’ ..now there’s a thought!

Offbeat Theatre costumes for Romeo and Juliet

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These expressions say it all! Fabulous faces from the actors playing Bugsy Malone and Blousey Brown. Another fine photo from Victoria College, St Helier Jersey’s recent production.
Picture courtesy of TONY PIKE.

Bugsy Malone at Victoria College Jersey

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Beautiful Showgirls!

Barbara —  January 11, 2017 — Leave a comment

This fab pic is from the recent production of Bugsy Malone by the pupils of Victoria College, St Helier in Jersey. The girls are showing off some of our costumes in wonderful theatrical fashion. That set looks pretty fine as well.
Picture courtesy of TONY PIKE.

Bugsy Malone showgirls

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Some photos you never tire of. This is one of my favourites taken by Jim Rolt during a rehearsal by Conquest Youth Theatre for Darkness in the Night, one of Rob Hockley’s most popular plays. Performed all over the place, home and abroad, with success in One Act Competitions in the UK (Sodbury Players Youth Section – we still love you for that!), it just oozes daftness, darkness, Rob’s trademark witty, sharp humour and astute observations regarding teenage relationships. Four characters, an empty house, a cupboard, an egg whisk, many personal issues, romance, a few snacks … and the darkness of the underworld.

Darkness in the Night

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