30 April 2014 at 10.16am | Comment on this article
The competition, now in its fourth year, invites students from National Skills Academy colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to create, develop and showcase designs for a production.
Students were able to focus on one of five categories: Set, Costume, Marketing, Digital Learning Resource or Hair, Wigs & Make Up. This year, entrants also had to choose one of four director’s visions, structuring their work to reflect their choice.
A total of 57 shortlisted entries were exhibited in the Crush Room during a Schools’ Matinee performance of The Sleeping Beauty in March. The shortlist was chosen by a team of Royal Opera House judges.
‘The standard of entries was exceptionally high and the judging panel were extremely impressed with the level of research, innovation and skill that was on display,' said ROH Director of Learning and Participation, Jillian Barker, who announced the category winners to a crowded Crush Room after the Schools' Matinee performance:
- Set Design: Ollie Jagot – Sussex Downs College
- Marketing: Sarah McAuley – Belfast Metropolitan College
- Hair, Wigs and Make Up: Charlotte Docker – Amersham & Wycombe College
- Costume Design: Carla Heron – North West Regional College
- Digital Learning Resource: Shannon McGuinness – Stoke-on-Trent College
- Director’s Choice: Jonny Graham – Amersham & Wycombe College
The five category winners now have the opportunity to have a tailor-made backstage experience at the Royal Opera House that relates to their specialism, whilst the winner of the Director’s Choice Award will win a signed copy of this year’s Royal Ballet Yearbook.
The Design Challenge is kindly supported by the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.