This month, an exciting new opportunity for South Devon College has arisen. From the 25th to the 28th of October, the students of Level 3 Makeup Artistry will arm themselves with brushes and bronzer and unveil their talents for the cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the fantastic classic that will be playing at The Princess Theatre, Torquay. Students will be given a live opportunity to show case the cosmetic skills they have built over the duration of the course, and don the cast to look a million dollars. Why? Because it’s time for a new generation of makeup artists to step into the light, and the Princess Theatre is no stranger to new opportunities.
This amazing experience was provided to the college by TOPS Musical Productions, the company behind the magic. The students have practise in all sorts of makeup, from glam to punk and to classic. On this occasion, the students will be showcasing their boldest makeup yet – drag makeup, in a glitter bomb of pink eye shadow and heavy contouring.
Shelly Lee, Programme Coordinator for Beauty and Make-up Therapies, tells us that “We are very excited to be working on this project, it’s a fantastic opportunity being the first theatre production we’ve worked on, and it’s really lovely to get to know the cast! We’ve worked on live projects before such as festivals and fashion shows, but this is our first time working for the theatre.”
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a film about two drag queens and a trans-gendered woman that travel across the Australian outback in a tour bus, whilst encountering many exciting challenges and people. It is a fantastic opportunity for the college to work on a project that includes LGBT themes, as the college values acceptance and a welcome attitude of all kinds of people. Shelley Lee states that the benefits the students will gain is experience in the true backstage work environments and will provide them with endless skills that they will need for the industry. Upon the question of asking how their talents will transform the future of makeup, Shelley said, “The girls will have a big impact on the future of makeup and their creativity to set trends is endless.” Watch out Torquay, the queens are on their way. If you would like to attend this wonderful event on the dates listed, the theatre address is Princess Theatre, Torquay, Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 5EZ.