Helen Gardner

    • Wardrobe Assistant
    • Costume Assistant

    Greater London

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YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2019 - 2020Assistant Wardrobe Manager
Tour
Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
Matt Salisbury
Awesome Music Ltd
2019Wardrobe Assistant
Opera
The Turn Of The Screw
Louisa Muller
Garsington Opera
Garsington Opera at Wormsley
2019Wardrobe Assistant
Opera
Fantasio
Martin Duncan
Garsington Opera
Garsington Opera at Wormsley
2019Wardrobe Assistant
Opera
The Bartered Bride
Paul Curran
Garsington Opera
Garsington Opera at Wormsley
2019Wardrobe Assistant
Opera
Don Giovanni
Michael Boyd
Garsington Opera
Garsington Opera at Wormsley
2019Dresser
Theatre
Rocky Horror ShowTrafalgar Entertainment
The Churchill Theatre
2019Wardrobe Assistant
Theatre
Richard IIIHeadlong
Bristol Old Vic
2019Wardrobe Assistant & Dresser
Theatre
Richard III
John Haidar
Headlong
Alexandra Palace Theatre
2019Dresser
Theatre
Dirty DancingPlayful Productions
The Churchill Theatre
2019Maintenance Assistant
Theatre
Since She
Dimitris Papaioannou
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
Sadler's Wells Theatre
2018 - 2019Dresser
Theatre
Swan Lake
Matthew Bourne
New Adventures Ltd
Sadler's Wells Theatre
2018Dresser
Theatre
Doctor Dolittle The Musical
Christopher Renshaw
Music & Lyrics
The Churchill Theatre
2018Wardrobe Assistant
Tour
The Band
Kim Gavin
David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers
UK/Ireland
2018Dresser
Television / TV
Hamlet - BBC Recording
Robert Icke
Ambassadors Theatre Group
Harold Pinter Theatre
2018Dresser
Theatre
Chicago
Walter Bobbie
Billy Chicago ltd
The Phoenix Theatre
2018Dresser
Theatre
Crazy For YouAmbassadors Theatre Group
New Wimbledon Theatre
2018Dresser
Theatre
This Is ElvisAmbassadors Theatre Group
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
2018Costume Assistant
Theatre
Tina The MusicalMark Rubenstein Ltd
Aldwych Theatre
2017 - 2018Wardrobe Assistant
Theatre
Jack And The Beanstalk
Carole Todd
Cambridge Arts Theatre
Cambridge Arts Theatre
2017Dresser
Theatre
CillaAmbassadors Theatre Group
New Wimbledon Theatre
2017Dresser
Opera
AidaEnglish National Opera
The London Coliseum
2017Dresser
Theatre
Tango ModernoAdam Spiegel Productions
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
2017Dresser
Theatre
Hamlet
Robert Icke
Ambassadors Theatre Group
Harold Pinter Theatre
2017Dresser
Theatre
Rambert: Ghost Dancers, The 3 Dancers and Wild HorsesSadler's Wells Theatre
Sadler's Wells Theatre
2017Laundry/Maintenance Assistant
Theatre
Danse Le Nuit
Boris Charmatz
Sadler's Wells
Multi-Storey Car Park - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
2017Laundry/Maintenance Assistant
Theatre
CasanovaNorthern Ballet Theatre
Sadler's Wells Theatre
2017Dresser
Theatre
WonderlandAmbassadors Theatre Group
New Wimbledon Theatre
2017Dresser
Theatre
GreaseAmbassadors Theatre Group
New Wimbledon Theatre
2017Dresser
Theatre
I Capture The Castle
Brigid Larmour
Watford Palace, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Kevin Wallace Ltd
Watford Palace Theatre
2017Dresser
Theatre
WonderlandHQ Theatres & Hospitality
The Churchill Theatre
2017Dresser
Theatre
Dirty DancingHQ Theatres and Hospitality
The Churchill Theatre
2016 - 2017Dresser
Theatre
The Red Shoes
Matthew Bourne
New Adventures Ltd
Sadler’s Wells Theatre
2016Dresser
Theatre
The Last Tango
Karen Burke
Adam Spiegel Productions
The Phoenix Theatre
2016Dresser
Theatre
Jesus Christ Superstar
Timothy Sheader
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
2016Dresser
Theatre
Henry V
Robert Hastie
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
2016Dresser
Theatre
Running Wild
Timothy Sheader & Dale Rooks
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
2016Laundry/Maintenance Assistant
Theatre
Dr Faustus
Jamie Lloyd
Ambassadors Theatre Group
Duke of York's Theatre
2016Dresser
Theatre
ENB: My First Ballet - Sleeping BeautySadler's Wells
The Peacock Theatre
2016Dresser
Theatre
AnnieAmbassadors Theatre Group
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
2016Wardrobe Assistant
Television / TV
Commercial - CarlsbergHobby Film
2016Laundry/Maintenance Assistant
Theatre
Immortal TangoSadler's Wells
The Peacock Theatre
2016Costume Assistant
Theatre
DeathtrapSalisbury Playhouse
Salisbury Playhouse - The Main House
2015 - 2016Costume Assistant
Theatre
Can't Buy Me LoveSalisbury Playhouse
Salisbury Playhouse - The Salberg
2015 - 2016Costume Assistant/Dresser
Theatre
CinderellaSalisbury Playhouse
Salisbury Playhouse - The Main House
2015Costume Assistant/Dresser
Theatre
The Magna Carta PlaysSalisbury Playhouse
Salisbury Playhouse - The Main House
2015Costume Assistant
Theatre
BikeSalisbury Playhouse
Salisbury Playhouse - The Salberg
2015Costume Assistant/Dresser
Theatre
Fallen AngelsSalisbury Playhouse
Salisbury Playhouse - The Main House
2015Dresser
Theatre
Lord of the FliesRegent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
Seven Brides for Seven BrothersRegent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
The SeagullRegent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
Peter PanRegent's Park Open Air Theatre
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
SpamalotAmbassadors Theatre Group
The Churchill Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
The Car ManNew Adventures
The Churchill Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
My First Ballet - Swan LakeEnglish National Ballet
The Peacock Theatre, Sadlers Wells
2015Dresser
Theatre
And Then There Were NoneBill Kenwright Ltd
The Churchill Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
BarnumCameron Mackintosh
The Churchill Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
The ProducersAdam Spiegel Productions
The Churchill Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
Anything GoesStage Entertainment
The Churchill Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
Anything GoesStage Entertainment
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
One Man, Two GuvnorsThe National Theatre
The Churchill Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
Jesus Christ SuperstarBill Kenwright Ltd
The Churchill Theatre
2015Dresser
Theatre
The Sound of MusicBill Kenwright Ltd
The Churchill Theatre
2014 - 2015Dresser
Theatre
Dance Til DawnAdam Spiegel Productions
The Aldwych Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
Shadows of WarBirmingham Royal Ballet
Sadler's Wells Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
Beauty and the BeastBirmingham Royal Ballet
Sadler's Wells Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
Black CoffeeAmbassadors Theatre Group
The Churchill Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
Blockbuster the MusicalCroydon Fairfield Halls
Ashcroft Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
Joseph and the Technicolor DreamcoatAmbassadors Theatre Group
The Churchill Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
Blockbuster the MusicalHQ Theatres & Hospitality
The Orchard Theatre
2014Costume Supervisor
Film
Sealed with a KissTuaelen Pictures
Hazlitt Theatre
2014Wardrobe Assistant
Theatre
Musical IconsSG Productions
2014Costume Standby
Film
Welcome to CuriosityJericho Lane Pictures
Film Location - Chatham/Rochester
2014Dresser
Theatre
Annie Get Your GunAmbassadors Theatre Group
The Churchill Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
Rock of AgesAmbassadors Theatre Group
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
Rock of AgesAmbassadors Theatre Group
The Churchill Theatre
2014Costume Maker
Event
Under the Vaulted SkyRosemary Lee Projects
Milton Keynes International Festival
2014Dresser
Theatre
EvitaHQ Theatres & Hospitality
The Orchard Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
Happy Days - A New MusicalHQ Theatres & Hospitality
The Orchard Theatre
2014Costume Cutter Assistant
Event
Under the Vaulted SkyRosemary Lee Projects
Milton Keynes International Festival
2014Wigs and Make up Assistant
Theatre
Matthew Bourne's 'Swan Lake'Broadway Entertainment Group
New Wimbledon Theatre
2014Costume Assistant
Theatre
Sunny AfternoonHampstead Theatre Production Company
Hampstead Theatre
2014Costume Assistant
Theatre
Something Old, Something NewThe Musical Theatre Academy
Bridewell Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
The Rod Stewart Musical: Tonight's The NightAmbassador Theatre Group
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsAmbassador Theatre Group
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
2014Dresser
Theatre
West Side StoryAmbassador Theatre Group
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
2014Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
MonstersMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2014Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
ConflictMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2014Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
BrownMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2013 - 2014Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
Steampunk Santa and the Spark CatchersMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2013Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
Stalingrad (Reprise)Miskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2013Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
The Ubu PlaysMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2013Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
Because We Can CanMiskin Dance Company
North West Kent College
2013Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
The Insect PlayMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2013Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
The Deadly 7 ClubMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2013Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
StalingradMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2013Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
ApocalypseMiskin Dance Company
North West Kent College
2013Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
The NoseMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2012 - 2013Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
The Night Before ChristmasMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2012Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire (Reprise)Miskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2012Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Assistant)
Theatre
West Side StoryMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2012Instructor Wardrobe (Costume Maker)
Theatre
...And The Winner Is...Miskin Dance Company
North West Kent College
2012Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Maker)
Theatre
Hanging on the Old Barbed WireMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2012Instructor Wardrobe (Costume Maker)
Theatre
The Lives They Left BehindMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2012Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Maker)
Theatre
RenaissanceMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2012Wardrobe Instructor (Costume Maker)
Theatre
After JulietMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2011 - 2012Instructor Wardrobe (Costume Maker)
Theatre
Rainbow GoblinsMiskin Theatre Company
North West Kent College
2011Costume Maker
Theatre
ConstanceOpera Up Close
King's Head Theatre, Islington
2011Costume Maker
Theatre
Electra: Her Life. Orestes: His Fall.Lazarus Theatre Company
The Space, Isle of Dogs
2011Costume Maker
Theatre
EtherdomePenny Dreadful Productions
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2011Costume Assistant
Theatre
Midsummer Night's DreamIris Theatre Company
St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
2010 - 2011Costume Maker
Theatre
Edward IIEm-Lou Productions
Rose Theatre - Bankside
2010Costume Assistant
Tour
FallenUpswing
Touring
2010Costume Maker
Theatre
Some MachineRose Bruford College
Barn Theatre
2010Costume Assistant
Theatre
2 Week Work PlacementRoyal Opera House & Royal Ballet
Royal Opera House
2010Costume Maker
Theatre
The Love of a NightingaleRose Bruford College
Unicorn Theatre
2009Costume Assistant
Theatre
Loyal WomenRose Bruford College
Greenwich Theatre
2009Costume Maker
Theatre
Crabbit! The MusicalHaylon
The Gilded Balloon
2009Costume Assistant
Theatre
The PossibilitiesRose Bruford College
Rose Theatre
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2014Wardrobe/Costume Continuity WorkshopWestminster Kingsway College
    2013City & Guilds - PTLLS Level 4Bexley Adult Education College
    2011Secretarial DiplomaPitman Training
    2011Overlocking Techniques IFranklins Group Limited
    20103 yr. Costume ProductionRose Bruford College
    2009Theatrical MillineryKensington & Chelsea College

    Equipment

    I own (and can operate):
    Sewing Machine, Overlocker, Coverstitch Machine, Domestic Iron, Steam Generator Iron
    I can operate:
    Industrial Sewing Machine, Industrial Overlocker, Industrial Iron, Dressmaker's Mannequin (Male & Female), Garment Steamer

    Additional Skills

    - Valid EU Passport

    - Clean Driving Licence

    - Possess own car

    - Have good audio and copy typing skills

    - Have great knowledge of the Microsoft Office programmes: Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook

    Referees

    Referees are available on request.

    About me

    I am a freelance Costume/Wardrobe Assistant and Dresser with over 8 years’ experience of working in the theatre industry. I hold a Costume Production BA from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and have significant experience working as a Dresser in both repertory and West End theatres on productions ranging from large-scale musicals, ballets and opera to modern and period plays.

    I have recently worked as an Assistant Wardrobe Manager for the "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story' 2019/20 UK tour and prior to that I worked as a Wardrobe Assistant for 2019 season at Garsington Opera and as Wardrobe Assistant & Dresser on 'Richard III' at Alexandra Palace Theatre.

    I have strong hand and machine sewing skills and confidently perform alterations, emergency repairs and construct costumes as when and required. In addition, I have a good knowledge of maintaining, laundering and organising costumes in all types of fabric. I also have experience of running and organising a workroom and costume store gained from my employment as a Wardrobe Instructor at the Miskin Theatre, North West Kent College.

    I enjoy working being part of a backstage team and maintain a friendly, approachable manner and keep a level head when emergencies arise. I am used to working long, unsociable hours in fast-paced environments and away from home. I am highly organised, proactive, have a good eye for detail and know the importance of being reliable, prioritising tasks, to use my initiative and be flexible when problem solving.

    I am hardworking, polite, punctual and thoroughly passionate about theatre costume. I am always looking to build on my experience and want to work in a variety of roles within the industry, particularly in touring.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Educational Theatre
    • National Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • European Tour
    • Film / TV
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • No
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    Experienced In
    • Ballet
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Fringe
    • Musicals
    • New Writing
    • Opera
    • Pantomime
    • Shakespeare