Fashion Machine 100 is a live performance event by Theatre SKAM that features 100 local children and youth remaking select audience members’ outfits in under one hour.

The show is part installation, part performance and all fun.

Each participant will get 13 hours of fun training, healthy snacks, $30, and will probably end up with at least one new awesome friend.

The children are prepared for the event by a team of professionals who provide 13 hours of training in textiles, theatre and photography. The training involves children spending time with experts in theatre, photography, clothing manufacturing and design. We will encourage play and gain skills required to remake existing outfits into our own creations. The show will involve children interviewing an adult they do not know and working in small groups to remake that adult’s outfit (Scissors, Sewing Machines, and Notions! – Oh my!).

Fashion Machine 100 is produced with the assistance of Victoria’s InterCultural Association and appears at the Royal BC Museum before traveling to Cardiff Wales for an appearance at Chapter Arts with 100 local children from Cardiff.

Four sessions between December 2nd and 12th, with participants being divided into 1 of 4 training blocks: one evening session on weekdays and one daytime session on the weekend.

December 14th – 6 to 9pm

December 15, 2017 at 7pm
December 16, 2017 at 7pm
December 17, 2017 at 7pm

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December 15th, 16th, 17th at 7pm
Royal BC Museum
We are partnering with the Greater Victoria InterCultural Association to bring together 100 students across Greater Victoria, our largest presentation yet!
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January 21st to 27th, 2018
International Performing Arts for Youth Conference
Philadelphia, USA
SKAM is heading to the state for an offsite showcase. Let all your Philly friends know!

Phase one of the project took place March 29, 2012 to May 3, 2012, in collaboration with the Victoria Intercultural Association: two Theatre SKAM instructors and two ICA staff conducted 6 weekly 2-hour drama classes with children of ICA clients. Within the classes, these new-to-Canada kids aged 6-12 were introduced to the idea of the project through fun drama games that imagined elements of Fashion Machine.

Phase two took place August 13-17, 2012. After meeting the kids of the ICA, SKAM and ICA took the project to the next step. Three Theatre SKAMartists and the ICA staff conducted a one-week summer camp for children ages 10 to 13. These junior kampers met designers, tailors, and seamstresses, toured local clothing makers’ facilities, and learned the rules of fashion and style. Then they broke some of those rules as they remade the outfits of 5 adults brave enough to offer up their favourite clothing.

The camp featured guest artists and educators- Dr. Jennifer Wise, Erin Macklem, Everett Wong, April Parchoma, Trish Tacoma, Sandra McLellan, and Mark Dusseault- working with children drawn from SKAM’s previous work with ICA clients. With field trips to Smoking Lily, the Pacific Opera Costume shop, and the Belfry, along with a range of local clothiers presenting workshops or short lectures, this was a fun and educational experience for young artists-in-training. Plus we went for ice cream.

Phase three saw the rehearsal, installation and presentation of a preview of Fashion Machine with ICA children and families! Many thanks to Jenny Ambrose from The Make House. Phase three was presented April 28, 2013 at Open Space (Gallery).

Phase four was the World Premiere of the show, from June 6-8 2014. It took place at the Pacific Opera Victoria’s Opera Shop.

Our widely acclaimed project Fashion Machine completed a tour of the UK in May of 2016. We visited Mayfest Bristol, England) and Chapter (Cardiff, Wales).

And most recently… Fashion Machine visited one of our favourite local schools, Ecole George Jay Elementary, in April 2016. A group of students took five lucky audience members on a fashion journey as their outfits were redesigned and remade.

Presenters: The best touring availability is Fall 2018 and beyond.


(Poster by Rayola Design; Photomontage by Betty-Ann Lampman.)

(Poster by Rayola Design; Photomontage by Betty-Ann Lampman.)