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The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit by Rebecca Pride

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CHAPTER 9 Tech Week

Figure 9.1 Backstage rail and noticeboard Photograph: Bill Bradshaw.

Figure 9.1 Backstage rail and noticeboard Photograph: Bill Bradshaw.

The technical rehearsal, or ‘tech’, is the first time the costumes will be seen and tested in practical and creative terms, with the set, props, lighting and sound all together in the correct order and context onstage. For costume supervisors, it is the time when they begin to hand over responsibility for looking after the costumes to the running wardrobe supervisor and the team of dressers, who will be maintaining the costumes for the performances. It can be a relief to finally get to this stage, but the handover to running wardrobe can also be a time of ...

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