CHAPTER 6 First Rehearsal and Creating the Costume Bible

The rehearsal room is the space where the director and actors will develop the work in full collaboration. As a costume supervisor, you want to have one ear on the rehearsal room throughout the process of sourcing your costumes, as so much can be learnt and observed by prudently dropping into see how things are progressing day by day during this almost sacred time in the creative process.

Before the first rehearsal, you may be required to provide the ‘rehearsal costume’. These items are usually selected from stock and then looked after in the rehearsal room by the stage management team. If you are working on a period production like Maria Nicholson, supervisor for The Man of Mode, you will ...

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