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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Catherine Kodicek: Costume workers should lead the way in talking about menopause by Catherine Kodicek

There is a stereotype in theatre that describes certain types of older women with authority in costume. They are criticised for being

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Catherine Kodicek: Let’s celebrate the work of theatre’s costume professionals by Catherine Kodicek

Looking over my columns in the past year it’s hard to miss the pattern: low pay, no pay, opportunities not advertised, long

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Catherine Kodicek: We need to take our duty of care to the environment seriously by Catherine Kodicek

The ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests that brought central London to a standstill for a few days in May have at last brought

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Catherine Kodicek: Pay transparency will help costume professionals get a fair deal by Catherine Kodicek

One of the issues facing costume professionals in the fight for better pay and conditions is the myriad ways in which we

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Costume designer Catherine Kodicek: Work conditions must improve for the sake of our mental well-being by Catherine Kodicek

Many UK theatre workers will by now be aware of the Theatre Helpline, launched by the Society of London Theatre last year

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Catherine Kodicek: ‘Why is costume designers’ vital work seldom credited in reviews?’ by Catherine Kodicek

Reading reviews of theatre shows can be dispiriting as a costume professional because your work is seldom commented on or judged. At

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Costume designer Catherine Kodicek: Are routes into theatre closing for working-class people? by Catherine Kodicek

I’m often asked – especially by work placements and young people – how I got my first paid work in theatre. This

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Catherine Kodicek: Let’s have a grown-up conversation about how we pay costume supervisors by Catherine Kodicek

I sometimes ask myself: if there came a magical time when money was plentiful, budgets were not being squeezed and we wanted

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Costume designer Catherine Kodicek: I love NT Live, but are its fees for backstage staff fair? by Catherine Kodicek

Back in 2010 I could not get tickets to see the National Theatre’s Hamlet, starring Rory Kinnear, so I watched the NT

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Costume designer Catherine Kodicek: Sometimes it takes outsiders to remind us why we work in theatre by Catherine Kodicek

It can be good to see your world through others’ eyes. In these often troubling times – with Brexit uncertainty, austerity squeezes

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Catherine Kodicek: Let us costume professionals join the fair-pay panto party by Catherine Kodicek

Like the arrival of the John Lewis Christmas advert or chocolate money in the high street, it may feel too soon to

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Catherine Kodicek: Stop tipping your dresser – it’s time to pay costume professionals properly by Catherine Kodicek

Recently WhatsOnStage compiled a Twitter-sourced list of things theatre people all know but audiences might not be aware of. Fun as it

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Catherine Kodicek: Costume graduates are being cut out of chances to learn on the job by Catherine Kodicek

Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of visiting lots of costume graduate shows. It never fails to impress

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Catherine Kodicek: Awards are appreciated by team behind big names by Catherine Kodicek

At certain times of the year it can feel as though every weekend has an awards ceremony. From the Oliviers to the

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Catherine Kodicek: Gendered job titles have to go for the sake of equality by Catherine Kodicek

What’s in a name? When I asked my Facebook colleagues the question: “Wardrobe mistress or wardrobe master – is it time to

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Catherine Kodicek: Working-class costume workers are vanishing thanks to low pay by Catherine Kodicek

Sometimes in this business you can be talking about an issue and, all of a sudden, it is everywhere in the press.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Catherine Kodicek: Quick costume change is an art at its best when unnoticed by Catherine Kodicek

It’s surprising how people tend to be unaware of the enormous number of quick changes that lie behind big West End shows

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Catherine Kodicek: We need celebrity activists to amplify quieter backstage voices by Catherine Kodicek

You would have to be living as a hermit to have missed the phenomenal renaissance of women’s movements. While the #MeToo campaign

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Catherine Kodicek: Diversity in costume can only be achieved with fair pay by Catherine Kodicek

It’s awards season again, and I’m proud to be the patron saint of the best costume design Offie award for a third

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Which costume training is the right fit for you? by Catherine Kodicek

With numerous courses, degrees and apprenticeships, institutions across the UK offer a wide variety of costume training. Catherine Kodicek explains how each

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Catherine Kodicek: Fittings, food and thanks – my costume resolutions for directors by Catherine Kodicek

It would be so easy to write a list of new year’s resolutions for costume professionals: we want to be better at

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Catherine Kodicek: For us costume pros, the festive season is a time to inspire by Catherine Kodicek

When the comments on a Facebook job advert suddenly turned ugly this week, it was tempting to use it as a jumping-off

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Catherine Kodicek: Stop treating costume professionals as second-class workers by Catherine Kodicek

After years of hearing stories about the unfair treatment of her colleagues, Catherine Kodicek set up a trade association for costume workers.

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