Getting Dressed For Ages: 4+

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  • February 2017 - current
  • Running Time: 40 mins

A bold and colourful show exploring clothes and identity

Getting Dressed delves into the movement and humour of clothes; how you put them on, take them off, share them and express yourself, your identity, your gender... And, get stuck in them.

Getting dressed by yourself is a huge milestone as a child; it shows independence, technical capability, maturity and the identity we choose to present to the wider world. Made for 4–7 year olds and their families Getting Dressed subtly challenges the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences children encounter when starting school.

Post performance the company run a 15 minute Stay and Play in the auditorium where audiences are invited to dress-up just a little bit differently.

Getting Dressed premiered in 2017, where it was performed 25 times in 14 venues across the UK. Since its premiere it has been presented at Belfast International Children’s Festival, Think Big! Festival (Munich) and a 4 week tour of Sweden with Salto!

This show is available for touring. Please contact for bookings and information.

Photos: Lydia Crisafulli

Creative Team

Director and Choreographer: Rosie Heafford

Performers: Keir Patrick, Ellen Slatkin & Darragh Butterworth

Set and Costume Designer: Verity Quinn

Costume Maker: Cristiano Casimiro

Lighting Designer: Ben Pacey

Composers: James Marples & Amir Shoenfeld

Dramaturg: Lou Cope

Executive Producer Claire: Summerfield at Tandem Works

Wrap-around activity

We can offer the following workshops around the show:

  • Pre and post-show foyer activity creatively dressing mannequins
  • Dressing-up and dance workshops (up to 45 mins) for families or school groups
  • Choreographic master-class/CPD workshops for artists interested in making work for young audiences (between 0.5 day to 3 days)

Lovely, lively and engaging throughout

The Stage

There is a pleasing sense of freedom from gender stereotype here. Tweed skirts on men, boxer shorts on women – it is the childish glee that matters here.

Reviews Hub

It is silly and playful, zany and colourful – a more progressive, subversive take on clothes than you might expect

Children’s Theatre Reviews

Co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and Pavilion Dance South West and made in association with Nottingham Lakeside Arts, DanceEast, Southbank Centre, South East Dance, The Point and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.