27 February 2017 at 12.00pm | Comment on this article
Winners of the 2017 Design Challenge competition have been announced.
The competition is aimed at the next generation of aspiring set and costume designers, makers and marketing specialists. They have reimagined Madama Butterfly and tested their design skills to show us their vision for the production.
We created a series of online resources based on Madama Butterfly to help students understand the production and its history as well as giving them advice from professionals for each category.
The judges were impressed by the attention to detail in the entries.
Claire Elcombe, judge for the set design category and draughtsperson in the technical production department at the Royal Opera House said: 'The entries showed a real understanding of the opera, but also an understanding of how those characters could interact with the set on stage rather than them being separate elements. I loved how each candidate had visualized the same themes in very different ways from each other'.
Bridget Foster, ballet team leader for wigs, make-up and costume said she was delighted to see educational establishments working so hard on a challenge which gives a good starting link between industry and education.
Congratulations to all our winners. We look forward to welcoming them for a special day at the Royal Opera House, including an exhibition of their designs, a visit to a specific Royal Opera House department and a Schools' Matinee performance of Madama Butterfly.
- Set Design: Pascal Bailey, Sussex Downs College
- Costume Design: Charlotte Richardson, City of Liverpool College
- Marketing Strategy and Design: Lee Lawrence, South Essex College
- Hair, Wigs and Make Up Design: Rhiannon Field, Sussex Downs College
- Director's Choice Award: Chase Hayden, Sussex Downs College
- Set Design: Anne-Marie Leadbetter, Sussex Downs College
- Costume Design: Samantha Hobart, The Hertfordshire and Essex High School
- Marketing Strategy and Design: Velda Pond, South Essex College
Find out more about Design Challenge or register for details about how to get involved next year.
Design Challenge is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.