Winners of Design Challenge (FE)
The ROH Design Challenge competition welcomed 42 participating schools and colleges from all over the country this year, with judges from the Royal Opera House design, production and marketing teams spending a busy week judging the 85 finalists’ work. The quality of work was consistently excellent, but the winners are as follows:
- Director’s Choice (Set Design): Joshua Shearer from Hull College
- Costume Design: Megan Dixon from Bournemouth School for Girls
- Marketing Strategy and Design: Klaudia Zolkos-Urbanek from South Essex College
- Set Design: Imogen McIntosh Roffey from East Sussex College
“I would like to choose Joshua Shearer for his brave use of the entire stage space.” Deborah, Lady Macmillan
“I was thrilled to see the quality of ideas and range of responses.” Jillian Barker, Director of Learning and Participation
“Megan’s costume design has imagined the whole world of the ballet including how the other costumes are part of this. Very thoughtful designs…”
“Klaudia has really focussed on the target audience, and showed the detailed process she went through to develop this design.”
“Imogen’s design is beautiful in its simplicity, and she showed clearly how the set worked for the whole ballet.”
The judges were so impressed with the entries that they also ‘Highly Commended‘ the following:
- Costume Design: Jade Young from Grimsby Institute
- Costume Design: Tashaney Hibbert Jones from Waltham Forest College
- Marketing Strategy and Design: Sophia Wylie from USP College, Palmer’s Campus
Design Challenge (Secondary)
- Costume Design: Charlotte Hooper from Wilmington Grammar School for Girls
- Set Design: Sanuthi Vitharan from Wycombe High
“Charlotte gave excellent supporting evidence and created a highly imaginative costume design.”
“Sanuthi showed a real sense of her own style emerging throughout the process.”
All winners and highly commended students will be invited to exhibit their work at the Royal Opera House on Thursday 28 March in the Linbury Foyer. Following a VIP hour at 1:30PM, the exhibition will be open to the public for a week until 4 April.
On 28 March the winners will also watch a matinee performance of Romeo and Juliet, take a backstage tour and spend some time in a production department to get a real insight into the the day-to-day working life of our production design and marketing teams.
Find out more about Design Challenge or register for details about how to get involved next year.
Design Challenge is generously supported by the Mohn Westlake Foundation.