It’s been a long time coming, but the theatre is back. The West End, Broadway and touring shows are finally back in business. Hip Hip Hooray!
During the pandemic, many theatre Wiggies and Make-up artists ventured over to the TV/Film industry where their skills were in hot demand. The pandemic shook things up for everyone but if you are a theatre obsessive, you will know that there is nothing like working on a live show. The hours are not as long as working on feature films, the pay is usually salaried, plus you become part of a team with the cast and crew. If driving to a different location at 4am every day is not your thing, then the theatre industry is ideal. For West End workers, there is the lovely routine of working in central London, usually at times before and after the city rush hour. All in all, it is a magical job and one that our Advanced Hair tutors – Laura Solari, Jo Nielsen and Wendy Topping all started out doing. To add to the set routine, camaraderie, location and salary… Another brilliant thing about working on a show is how HANDS ON the work is, right from the start. Trainees on feature films will rarely do hair or make-up until they become a Junior. Whereas entry level jobs in the West End will often have you handling wigs on your first day.
We are absolutely delighted for our graduates who are able to pursue this dream job:
- Valentina Nesti is heading wigs department on Mary Poppins, with fellow graduate Laurie Kay Hue assisting
- Francesca Tansley is working on The Prince Of Egypt
- Elizabeth Clinton is on Cinderella The Musical – we are super happy for Elizabeth as this was her dream!
- Calico Heslop is now on Dream Girls
- Aimee Bogdanovic has started work on Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
- David Hauret came here from France in 2020 to do the 1 Year Course and has landed a role at the Lyric Theatre.
- Isi Hink, our German graduate who also did the 1 Year Course has started working on a show called The Shark Is Broken.
Ella Burton (who did the 1 Year Course a while ago now) had been department head on the Lion King International Tour, for several years. We are so impressed with Ella – she taught for us during Lockdown Learning, took wig commissions and when the restrictions eased, she worked in Film & TV before passing on an opportunity to another Delamar graduate called Ella Sherwood, to work on The Lion King. The circle of life! (We couldn’t resist lol). It’s so lovely when we hear about Delamar graduates helping each other.
Fellow 1 Year graduate, Emily Loutit, has achieved a huge career goal of a contract on Frozen The Musical. “Let it go! Let it go!”. Emily has worked alongside tutor Laura Solari on her big feature film jobs. However, we always knew she wanted to work on a show. This is a dream come true for Emily and we could not be happier for her.
Like Ella, Emily also used her initiative and wig skills to create commissions over lockdown, setting up her own online wig shop – which is now closed because she is too busy.
In other amazing news, our Advanced Hair 2021 graduate Carmen Farr has bagged the job of wig assistant on The Book Of Mormon UK & European Tour!
If you wish to start a career in the theatre world, we would love to help you! Drop us an email to email@example.com and we will advise on which courses are right for you.