The Hobbit

Vanessa Ford Productions

Like the book, designing this production was an epic journey, with 3 UK tours over a 10 year period including West End runs in 1999 and 2001.

Being predominantly a dance designer, it was my approach to movement in relation to the range of races and creatures that got me this job.

It was a wonderfully creative experience, utilising so many different materials and construction techniques on a very low budget.

The continued investment in developing and upgrading costumes over the years gave further opportunities, in particular the Spider.

Watch a documentary about creating these costumes here