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Student make-up artists’ key role in Norwich Theatre Royal musical

27th January 2020 – Tags: Make-Up Artistry

Make-Up Artist students from City College Norwich are gaining a head-start in their careers thanks to a fantastic work experience opportunity, doing the hair and make-up for a production of Made in Dagenham at Norwich Theatre Royal.

The students will be working on 7 performances, over 5 days, from Tuesday 28th January to Saturday 1st February, supporting the production by The Norfolk & Norwich Operatic Society. 

It is an incredible opportunity for the Level 2 and Level 3 students – who are all studying Theatrical, Special Effects and Media Make-Up Artistry or Media, Hair and Make-Up Artistry – to gain invaluable industry experience. 

Preparing for the show

The students have put in a lot of work leading up to the show, working with the cast to create the looks for the musical which is set in the Dagenham Ford motor factory in 1968.

This has included creating a variety of styles for the casts’ wigs. The wigs not only have to accurately match the styles from the time, but have to be correctly fitted for each performance and maintained between shows. 

Make-Up Artistry student Sophie Briggs said:

I’ve never had an opportunity like this before.  The lead up to it is what’s fun as well.  You’re washing the wigs, prepping them, styling them, then putting them on and seeing how it looks overall.”

The students also had to prepare cast members’ hair and make-up for a promotional event to launch the musical, which was held at The Forum in Norwich.

An incredible opportunity

Working on Made in Dagenham will give the students invaluable experiences that will help them as they work towards careers in make-up artistry in theatre, music, film and television. 

Make-Up Artistry student Lily Wyer-Smith commented:

It’s really exciting because of how professional it is.  It’s such a good opportunity.  I’d like to work in film and TV when I am older and I think that this experience will really help towards it.  When people look for a make-up artist they look for someone who is good with wigs, and good with hair in general, and this has been good practice for the industry.”

Kaitlyn Jackson, adds:

It’s a great opportunity because this is the field I want to go into when I am older.  It’s a gateway into the industry, the college is giving us an incredible opportunity.” 

You can’t get any better than this

The fact that the students have been given this opportunity reflects the outstanding reputation of City College Norwich’s Make-Up Artistry courses.

Make-Up Artistry student Polly Barker said of her course:

I absolutely love it.  It’s really hard work.  You’ve got to have commitment and you’ve got to be willing to give up your spare time. But it’s so worth it. The amount of opportunities you get is insane.  You get so much experience and you get to meet so many new people. You get to find out about all the behind-the-scenes, it’s incredibly fun.”

Kismet Moore, adds:

The course is really good, I think it’s the best thing I could have chosen. Everyone’s really welcoming, everyone’s friendly.  It’s professional, you’ve got all the equipment, you really can’t get any better than this.”

Find out about Make-Up Artistry courses

Click to find out more about Media Make Up Artistry courses at City College Norwich. Why not come and see for yourself? Visit our next college Open Day or Information Evening.