How Does the Hiring Process Work?

We suggest you begin by browsing our website for pictures or listings of costumes for inspiration. Alternatively, you can contact us directly if you have something particular in mind.

Place your order by phone or email including basic measurements of height and waist for all performers. A ‘Costume Template’ to assist you is provided below. A 25% deposit is payable at the time of booking.

You will have access to costumes two weeks prior to your performance (subject to availability) and these may be collected, sent by courier or via Australia Post (to anywhere in Australia). If for some reason, you are not 100% satisfied with your costumes, a swap or exchange can usually take place in good time, with no last minute panic.

Costumes arrive folded in bags, individually packaged and labelled for students, making distribution easy. A full inventory is also provided. To return costumes, simply collect and check all your items off the list, and return them to Costumes without Drama – no need to sort or launder.


What does it cost?

Prices vary depending on the number and style of costumes required, such as whether they are custom made or ‘off the rack’. Individual items, such as a single shirt or hat are charged at a per item price. You will be pleasantly surprised at the affordability of hiring your quality costumes from us.

Full service costume hire, including the taking of measurements, delivery and fitting/dress rehearsal during school hours is available within the Melbourne metro area for an additional fee, along with bump in and bump out assistance. Please enquire about this service.


Can you custom make costumes?


Occasionally we do not have a particular costume on hand, or the size you require is not available. Every effort will be made to provide you with a costume to meet your particular requirements. If hire costumes are made to order, a small additional hire charge may apply.

Alternatively, you may require a costume to be custom designed and made from scratch. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

costume template


COSTUME SETS (incorporating Costume Categories)

Full cast sets are available for all Bushfire Press productions and many other assorted plays.

Sets include: all main characters and themes of assorted items to tie together ‘chorus’ groups. For example, the package for ‘Pirates of Penzance’ includes costumes for all the main characters: Major-General Stanley, The Pirate King, Samuel, Frederic, Pirate 1, Pirate 2, Sergeant of Police, Mabel, Edith, Kate, Isabel and Ruth, a limited number of accessories like swords, cutlasses etc., bandannas, boleros, scruffy shirts and pants for the pirates, police uniforms for the troupe of police, and chorus of ‘sisters’. We understand that there are often variations made to cast sizes, which can be accommodated.

Custom costumes are available.

The team at Costumes without Drama can design and custom make costumes for performers or for promotional purposes. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

A selection of the productions we have costumed include:

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Pageant (Bushfire Press)


Alice in Wonderland


ANZAC 100-year anniversary theme

Beauty and the Beast

Beowulf, User Friendly

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Children of the Black Skirt


Cinderella Rockerfella

Currawong Creek (Bushfire Press)

Commedia dell’arte

Dangerkids (Bushfire Press)

Dragon Girl (Bushfire Press)

Fiddler on the Roof


HMS Pinafore (Bushfire Press)

Into the Woods

It’s a Jungle Out There

Kids in Camelot (Bushfire Press)

Kids in Paradise (Bushfire Press)

Kids in Space (Bushfire Press)

Kidsummer Night’s Dream (Bushfire Press)

Little Red Riding Hood

Masquerade! (Bushfire Press)

Mulan Jr


Once Upon a Time (Bushfire Press)

Peter Pan

Pinocchio The Musical (Bushfire Press)

Pirates of Penzance

Robin and his Hoodies


School of Fish

Seussical the Musical


Superkids (Bushfire Press)

The Billabong Prank

The Jungle Book

The Lion King

The Little Mermaid

The Mikado

The Sound of Music

The Tempest

The Wizard of Oz

Willy Wonka

We have also costumed many original productions written by Drama teachers specifically for their students.