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South Essex College students showcase their work at Covent Garden

A SHOWCASE of the work of third year BA (Hons) Costume Construction degree students from South Essex College University Centre will be exhibited at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in the Linbury Theatre Foyer from 17 June to 23 June 2019.

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The exhibition showcases costumes entered for the Royal Opera House (ROH) Prize, an annual costume construction and design competition conceived by Fay Fullerton, Head of Costume at the Royal Opera House.

Thanks to a unique partnership between the Royal Opera House (ROH) and South Essex College University Centre, the ROH Prize is an exclusive competition open only to final year students studying the South Essex College University Centre BA (Hons) Costume Construction course which is run from the Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre.

The competition winner will be announced at the Private View on Monday 17 June with the prize being presented by Lorna Robinson, Head of Costume Workshops at the Royal Opera House. This is the second year the competition has run and the themes this year are ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

Colin Bladen-Kopacz, Dean of Higher Education at South Essex College University Centre said: “This is an amazing opportunity for our degree level Costume Construction students to exhibit their work. Our partnership with the Royal Opera House means that our degree course is directly linked to the needs of industry and we cannot thank them enough for their support of this competition.”

Fay Fullerton, Royal Opera House, Head of Costume said: “The Royal Opera House is committed to developing talent across all strands of its work and this degree course is something we are particularly proud of. It’s vital that we grow the talent pipeline across our backstage and theatre craft areas, ensuring routes into the industry are prioritised and this degree is the perfect example of that. The hard work and dedication these students have shown has impressed us all and we look forward to sharing their work in this fantastic exhibition.”


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