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25 July 2018

Make-up artistry students bring West End to Wiltshire

Students helped bring a touch of West End glamour to Wiltshire by doing the make-up for a youth production of one of the most successful musicals of all time.

Media Make-Up Artistry students were thrilled to have the opportunity to make-up more than 80 performers for three nights running earlier this month as the Courage Performers put on Les Miserables at the Neeld Community and Arts Centre in Chippenham.

To help prepare them for the show and to get them in the spirit, the Level 2 group went to watch a live theatre performance of the musical at The Queen’s Theatre in London.

Sarah Broughton, is the Media Make-Up Artistry lecturer at the Chippenham campus.

She said: “It was liberating to watch my students get so involved and excited about doing the cast’s make-up for the show and seeing them work in an environment they could develop a career in.

“We hope that this show will be the start of many more experiences for students in the theatre and that our link with Courage Performers will continue to evolve.”

Throughout the matinee and evening performances, the students got to experience what it was like to work in a fast-paced environment changing characters’ make-up between scenes and using different techniques and effects including cuts and bruises.

Abbie Davies said the experience had helped her in many different ways.

The 17-year-old said: “I feel I have improved my skills in applying make-up, timing and my organisation.

“I was nervous but this opportunity has also helped my confidence and makes me feel comfortable about doing it again in the future, which I would love.

“We got to apply different types of make-up to suit character ages, classes and eras.

“Everyone we worked with was very friendly and made us all feel welcome.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of theatre make-up and would relish the chance to do it again.”

Felicity Courage established the performing arts club 17 years ago and runs classes in Bradford-on-Avon, Corsham and Bath.

She said: “The students were all incredible and they should all be extremely proud of themselves.”

To see more photographs from behind the scenes of Les Miserables, visit our Facebook page.