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Behind The Scenes at Derby Theatre: with Costume Designer, Tim Heywood

I’m so thrilled to dedicate this blog post to one of my personal favourite processes of Derby Theatre productions. Pretty much the element that can always pull a show together, that breathes life into characters’ looks; Costume. Here at Derby Theatre, we’ve had the chance to catch a glimpse of Derby Theatre’s Head of Wardrobe, Tim Heywood’s mind palace when it comes to working on the theatre’s most festive shows during the winter season.Costume Designer, Tim Heywood is responsible for the actors’ fitting yet striking ensembles you’ve seen in Derby Theatre’s Charlotte’s Web, Alice in Wonderland, Great Expectations, Gingerbread Man and many many more.With that automatically comes a process, a basic ritual that always starts with the script he’s working with. One of his favourite ways to help develop a clear idea of what he’ll be working on are patterns.

Tim’s costume work consists of designing, buying, or borrowing certain garments. However, mostly for reference, Tim likes to collect vintage patterns and compare them to today’s Victorian-style patterns as guidelines to create for his actors. Compared to today’s style of creating garments, one of the most significant differences are the seams. The seams done in the 1800s were sewn down the back for the appearance and improvement of posture. Those same seams worn today would make the actors feel uncomfortable, so Tim will then come up with alternatives.

When working on Period Shows like Great Expectations, Alice In Wonderland, Cinderella and so forth – there must be some sort of common ground between the 1800s style corset/dress and the comfort of the actors working in their costume. That’s where Tim’s innovation and technique comes in and works with what he refers to as the clues in his costumes. Besides the fact that it is a costume, he thinks about the characters themselves, from within, about their lifestyle, how they like to see things, how they like to dress, and what their look says about them from the audience’s point of view. It all comes into play and this season he’s working on the upcoming production, Peter Pan!


Here’s a behind the scenes scoop on Mr Heywood’s process towards preparing for the well-known classic!1. The File.This is perhaps the ideal bulk of the entire show, all put together into one file of which he likes to call his bible.This Peter Pan Edit contains:

  • Ideas that come to mind from director, Sarah Brigham or set designer, Neil Irish – more of a collaborative task
  • Mini Profiles of the cast members for their costumes, for reference and what could work for each of them
  • Contact details to call for measurements and alterations
  • Photocopied images for inspiration
  • The mood this production is going for; punk, theatrical vibes, the music, art form etc.
  • The characters themselves in the story and their atmosphere as well as their personal style

2. Meetings

  • Next, Tim will run through his file and lay out all the visuals of what the characters costumes could revolve around with the director until they end up with one main photograph for each character
  • He’ll then ask the director for a list of what instrument each actor plays or at least any hobbies they have, just to use as reference for the characters they’re playing – to give a more practical feel here and there

3. The Mindset

  • In this case, Peter’s story is not only being told but it’s also shown through what he’s wearing. To grab a sense of what he’s feeling and his mindset on things.
  • Once the main ideas are finalised, Tim finds his connection to the play through putting all the minor details and clues into a final design of his depiction of the costumes – kept in his portfolio/archive and works from there.

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To create anything from something you’ve interpreted from the mind is amazing, and to do that with a costume in my eyes would require a lot of patience and ease when focused. Tim Heywood takes pride in paying attention to detail in his work, very thorough. He designs these artistically exquisite illustrations and brings them yet again to life through materials that relate to his characters one way or another.Thanks to the rest of the DT Ambassador team for organising this behind the scenes walkthrough!And a very special thank you to Costume Designer, Tim Heywood for meeting with us and kindly sharing and allowing us to see, learn and document his incredible work!If you would like to book your tickets to see PETER PAN at Derby Theatre this winter, please click the link here

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REVIEW: Skinny Coffee Club 28 NIGHT PROGRAM

Good Evening Everyone,

Due to the many requests for my thoughts on the Skinny Coffee Club: NIGHT EDITION, your wish was my command and so here, I’ve brought to you my in-depth review! **Drinks the coffee**

Skinny Coffee Club 28 DAY PROGRAM Mini Review:

As many of you know, I have a good relationship with Skinny Coffee Club’s 28 Day program. Though they are widely known for weight loss transformations, I personally use this coffee in my daily morning routines for maintenance as that’s been working well for me ever since. I’m obsessed with that coffee. It’s the only coffee I prefer black with no milk/almond milk that I think is lovely. If you’re a morning person, this coffee is perfect for you!

Skinny Coffee Club 28 NIGHT PROGRAM

It’s been a full week since I’ve received my Skinny Coffee Club 28 Night Edition and although it’s far from finished, I thought I’d share my experience with this coffee so far.

I’m on Day 7 and the first thing I have to say is: I’ve been getting good sleep! I no longer have trouble getting up in the morning (sounds funny, but seriously) I used to wake up with such heaviness in my body that even when my mind would be so motivated to get out of bed, my body wouldn’t get the memo.

Personally, I’m not fond of snoozes on a daily basis so when I can, I set my alarm to get up and start my day the minute it rings. Ever since last week I’ve been up without a problem, I’m not quite sure if this coffee is the reason why I get better sleep but, one thing I know for sure is that it is the ONLY thing that has changed in my night routine since. I’ve also noticed that this coffee holds fewer ingredients than the original, which is interesting.

Q&As:

Is it better to drink this coffee with milk or without milk? Personally, I like this coffee without milk. I sometimes drink the day coffee with milk but to be honest it’s based on personal preference for that time of the day.

Skinny Coffee Club does recommend you drink this plain but if you wish to add milk, they recommend you use coconut milk or almond milk. Regular milk is also fine as I’ve tried it before but I would like to mention almond milk adds that bit of flavour to it quite nicely. Clearly, this coffee is very versatile which I love.

What is the Skinny Coffee Club: 28 Night Edition supposed to do exactly? Raise your metabolism, burn fat and aid with digestion overnight.

Which is very much true, this week I feel, as well as have been told that I look slimmer. I used to have a bloating problem months before drinking Skinny Coffee Club. This has definitely changed things for me on that part, if not a little more effectively than the 28 Day program.

Is this coffee actually okay to drink at night? Absolutely! This organic, night coffee is formulated with all natural and calming ingredients. It did not affect my sleeping pattern at all.

Does this coffee have caffeine in it? Nope! The Night Edition Coffee is fully decaffeinated.

What’s something you like most about this coffee? I’d say it’s very calming yet also effective! I don’t know how it works in that sense but it seems to give me the best of both worlds; relaxing whilst raising my metabolism which I’ve noticed.

Balance: 4/5 This coffee does not have any caffeine in it so the taste is mellow yet the complexity is neutral and relaxing, I think it’s perfect for evenings

Aftertaste: 4.5/5 I love that it’s not too strong

Aroma: 5/5 Just lovely! This always puts me in the right mood to go to sleep haha

Body: 5/5 quite full and nourishing

My Overall Thoughts

Since this coffee is meant to be had at night, I find myself naturally gravitating towards this more than the Skinny Coffee Club 28 DAY program.

I always make time for a cup of tea, green tea or peppermint tea before bed as that’s just part of my night routine. With this night coffee, it feels exactly the same way, more relieving knowing it’s purpose.

If I were to recommend any Skinny Coffee Club package to anyone, I straight away mention the Night Edition. I feel like this can fit right into anyone’s night routine, since the days ended and you’d have enough time on your hands to relax and really get to enjoy the coffee!

Once again, Skinny Coffee Club brought out yet another lovely, convenient coffee suitable for any routine. And so far, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

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Will you be planning on trying this coffee?

Or have you already tried Skinny Coffee Club’s NIGHT EDITION, and if so what are your thoughts? I’d love to know 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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