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Posted 18.05.14

BA (Hons) Costume students team up with City College for outdoor performance of Shakespeare classic

Students Jerry Moore, Tracey Ormston and Hannah McArther with their costumes.

First year BA Costume students took part in a unique production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing last weekend.

The outdoor show, performed by second year students from Plymouth City College, was held at Royal William Yard over three consecutive days.

Students designed costumes and props for key characters including: Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio, Hero, Don Pedro and Leonato.

BA Costume programme leader Marie Dunaway said: "The course has been set up with an emphasis on the craft of costume-making, and with this live brief students got to experience what it's like to make costumes for a real performance.

"They got that real experience of being a costume designer, a costume maker, and then supervising, dressing and supporting actors in the show."

Making costumes for a character has lots of interpretations. In preparation for the production, students read the play and analysed the script to gain an understanding of what each character should wear. 

Speaking about the quality of the costumes designed, Marie said: "The students worked to a very high standard. The classroom was essentially turned into a professional wardrobe, they did incredibly well."