Lesley McNamara

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2019Wardrobe Assistant
Theatre
Dark CarnivalTramway with Citizens Theatre
Tramway, Glasgow
2019Local Wardrobe Assistant
Tour
Strictly Come DancingGo For Wardrobe
SSE Hydro
2018 - 2019Wardrobe Supervisor
Theatre
Aladdin (Pantomime)
Ed Curtis
Qdos Entertainment
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
2018Wardrobe Assistant
Tour
Early Doors UK TourGo For Wardrobe
SEC Armadillo
2018Dresser
Theatre
Carlos Acosta: A CelebrationValid Productions Ltd
Royal Albert Hall
2018Costume Creator/Supervisor
Theatre
Acting/Musical Theatre Showcases
Tilly Vosburgh
The Musical Theatre Academy
The Bridewell Theatre
2018Wardrobe Technician
Theatre
Oh my Nellie Bly (New Musical)
Simon Kane
The Musical Theatre Academy
The Bridewell Theatre
2018Seamstress/Local Wardrobe Assistant
Music
On the Run II TourGo for Wardrobe
2018Local Wardrobe Assistant
Tour
Dancing on Ice UK TourGo for Wardrobe
SSE Hydro Glasgow
2018Wardrobe Technician
Other
Something Old Something New
Steve Elias
The Musical Theatre Academy
Berne Grants Art Centre, Tottenham
2015 - 2018Wardrobe Supervisor
Theatre
The Liam Dolan Show
Liam Dolan
TADA Productions
Palace Theatre Kilmarnock, Gaiety Theatre Ayr
2017 - 2018Wardrobe Assistant
Theatre
Jack and the Beanstalk
David Janson
Qdos Entertainmemt
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
2016 - 2017Teaching Assistant
Education
Let's Perform Performance Workshop
Liam Dolan, Elliot Nixon
Let's Perform Theatre School
2017Wardrobe Mistress
Theatre
Summer Holiday
Alan Jones
Lyric Club, Glasgow
King's Theatre
2017Costume Trainee
Education
Submarine Time MachineNational Theatre of Scotland
Rockvilla, Glasgow
2015 - 2016Theatre Facilitator
Other
Future Proof Community Workshops
Evelyn Caputa
ANCHO Housing Association
Redburn Centre, Irvine
2016Wardrobe Mistress
Theatre
9 to 5: The Musical
Alan Jones
Lyric Club, Glasgow
King's Theatre
2016Wardrobe Mistress
Theatre
Calamity Jane
Alan Jones
Our Lady's Musical Society
Motherwell Civic Centre
2016Wardrobe Supervisor
Theatre
Beauty and the Beast, Pantomime
Quintin Young
Imagine Theatre Company
Palace Theatre and Grand Hall Kilmarnock
2015Wardrobe Supervisor
Theatre
Mother Goose, Pantomime
Liam Dolan
Imagine Theatre Company
Palace Theatre and Grand Hall KIlmarnock
2012 - 2014Wardrobe Assistant
Tour
Project Y (Y Dance Summer Seasons)
Anna Kenrick
Royal Conservatoire for Scotland, That Looks Good Costume Hire Ltd
Scotland
2014Wardrobe Supervisor
Theatre
Aladdin, Pantomime
Liam Dolan
Imagine Theatre Company
Palace Theatre and Grand Hall KIlmarnock
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2013Fashion with Design, Production and RetailAyrshire College
    2009BA Commercial MusicUniversity of the West of Scotland
    2008HND Sound ProductionAyrshire College

    Equipment

    I own (and can operate):
    Sewing Machine
    I can operate:
    Overlocker

    Additional Skills

    Machine/Hand Sewing (Domestic and Industrial Machines)

    Excellent Customer Service

    Millinery

    Agony Aunt

    Diplomat

    Everything Glitter

    Good with a glue gun

    Quick Thinking/Reacting to situations

    Organised

    Passionate about working

    Referees

    Available on request.

    About me

    I decided to go back into education a few years ago to learn the basic skills of garment design and production because I have a major passion for theatre and for costume. I had just taken part in a local amateur operatic society production (The Wizard of Oz) and after seeing what the costumiers did for the show I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

    My first experience was working with those costumiers (That Looks Good Costume Hire Ltd) while working my way through college and I later went on to work for them as a warehouse assistant.

    From That Looks Good I learned industry standard skills for fitting, alteration and construction of garments for stage and film and I knew I was on the right career path.

    With TLG I became Wardrobe Assistant on tour with the summer project of the National Youth Dance Company (YDance) for three summers and later accepting the position of Wardrobe Supervisor for the Christmas Pantomime Aladdin followed by Mother Goose and Beauty and the Beast the following years, all with Imagine Theatre. An average of 56 performances of pantomime each season and I still feel the magic of seeing each costume on stage, and the rush of excitement at each quick change that appears effortless. I have worked with the several amateur operatic societies as Wardrobe Mistress around the West of Scotland, Including the King's Theatre, Glasgow and also as part of this summer's National Theatre of Scotland Community Project - Submarine Time Machine.

    I have the fundamental skills of hand sewing, and use of both domestic and industrial machines, but the best thing I can offer is my enthusiasm. Whether the aim is for each performance to look better than the last or chatting to the cast/crew/production team when necessary to make sure things are running smoothly. I have also worked with a variety of performers and professionals ranging from four year old children in theatre school, Panto Babes and Dames and right through to Popstars (Shane Filan Tour 2014, Grand Hall Kilmarnock).

    In my spare time I like to dabble in crafting - I make fascinators, hat and hatinators for weddings/occasions. I'm also pretty handy with Mod Podge and glitter when I need to be! I'm also going back to tap dance lessons after seeing 42nd Street recently, I forgot how much I loved it so I'm going back to learn more!

    As an outgoing and approachable person with a “can do” attitude, I have worked hard to get to where I am in life and in my career so far but I don’t believe I’m anywhere near finishing yet. Personally I enjoy nothing better than the thrill of a challenge and will always do what I can to deliver the best result. Quick thinking and motivated, I can use the skills and knowledge I’ve learned through my life experience to come up with both short and long term strategies to dealing with problems. On paper I look only as good as what I can write down in a small space, in reality I am a smart thinker, and don’t stress easily, and even the most menial of daily tasks are completed to a high standard of professionalism. As both a team member and skilled worker I am definitely a great asset to have.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    Years in industry
    • 3 to 6 years
    Company Experience
    • National Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Live Events
    • Musicals
    • Pantomime
    • Showcase
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • European Tour
    • Film / TV
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes