About Gladrags

Children and father performing Shakespeare's The Tempest in the grounds of their school, Wallands Primary School

  Children and parents of of Wallands Community Primary School stage Shakespeare's The Tempest, in promenade, on their school grounds

Group of young carers celebrating their Strictly Come Dancing competition, in costume.

Gladrags is a unique resource bringing the magic of costumes to community groups and organisations, including children and young people projects, schools & colleges and amateur & fringe arts.

As a Charity, we are committed to reaching groups and individuals who experience disadvantage and life challenges. By providing affordable costume hire to them, from our vast range of over 6000 costumes, we are able to resource their community, educational and wellbeing projects, supporting and enriching their work.

Strictly Come Dancing for the Brighton Young Carers Group 

Three female actors in 1940s costume performing Fringe Show The Steamie at New Venture Theatre

In addition we provide costume hire to the general public for parties and social/ corporate events. This in effect subsidises the 60-80% discounted hire rates we offer not-for-profit organisations, and helps to fund our educational and community resources, which include:

  • Educational Workshops for children and young people from low-income families, teaching them sewing as a life skill, promoting the recycling and re-use of clothing.
  • Reminiscence activities such as “What we Wore” sessions and needlecraft get-togethers.
  • Tailored Resource and Discovery Boxes to enhance learning, promote reminiscence, and support sensory and storytelling work.
  • Dress-up Tents and Interactive Storytelling with children living in deprived areas, encouraging imaginative play and social  interaction.                                                                                                        'The Steamie” Community Show at New Venture Theatre.                                                                                                                                   Photographer: Strat Mastoris

“Gladrags is one of the most community orientated theatre resources in the Brighton area. For most of us who are working on a budget, having places like this to come to – that are low cost, reliable and of high quality – is vital. Gladrags understands how to take care of people, they are flexible and knowledgeable. I don’t know what I would have done without them!”

Helen Caton

New Venture Theatre

Our sliding scale hire prices start at £3 an outfit per week and many of our workshops and community outreach activities are eligible for funding.

Gladrags is founded on the ethos of the re-use and recycling of clothing and materials, and this is reflected in our donated, adapted and recycled stock. We are passionate about sharing community resources and rehome any costumes we can't make use of ourselves so that others can benefit from them. In the same vein we provide surplus fabrics to groups for their own craft and costume projects.

We have a range of policies that underpin our work and our responsibilities. As part of our data protection policy here is our Gladrags Privacy Notice, detailing how we collect, process and store personal data safely and in accordance with GDPR (General Data Protection Legislation)

Opening times by appointment:

Tues 10am to 2pm
Weds 10am to 2pm
Thurs 10am to 6pm
Sat 10am to 1pm by arrangement

Call us:

Tel: 01273 609184
Mob: 07940 295623

Visit us:

Unit 10 Westergate Business Centre
Westergate road