January 11, 2010
Creating the perfect costume for a pantomime dame is all in a days work for costume construction students at the University of Glamorgan.
Nine students took part in the challenge to create a costume for a pantomime dame character of their choice. The competition was judged on Friday 8th January at Cardiff’s New Theatre with Don Maclean, this year’s Friar Tuck from the pantomime Robin Hood as one of the judges.
Third year student Rosie Thomas, 22, from West Sussex scooped the top prize for her creation for the character of Aladdin’s Widow Twankey. With an outfit comprising of dungarees made from blue metallic material, Rosie’s costume impressed the judges with its originality, practicality and eye-catching appeal.
Rosie explained, “I made this costume for the character to wear during the laundry scene in the pantomime Aladdin. I have incorporated bubbles in the costume wherever I can and have even provided a bubble gun so that the actor can create his own bubbles as he moves!
Commenting on the competition Don Maclean said, “I have been very impressed by the exceptionally high standard of the costumes in this competition. I have been a pantomime dame many, many times over the years and I would have been happy to wear any of the costumes we have seen here today. Rosie’s costume was original and very well made. She has made a costume that is practical while also being very entertaining for the audience.”
Sue Williams, general manager of Cardiff’s Marigold Costumes was also on the judging panel.
Rosie’s winning costume will be on display at the theatre throughout January while the pantomime is running. She commented, “I am absolutely thrilled to have won the competition because there were so many excellence entries. This has been a brilliant project which we have all really enjoyed working on it. I hope to make a career in theatre costume design and winning this competition will be a great asset for my CV.”
Caroline Thomas is the tutor on the costume construction course at the University’s Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries. She said, “The students have worked so hard on this project and the results are fabulous. The New Theatre and Qdos Entertainment, who produce pantomimes throughout the UK, have been really supportive. It’s been a fantastic experience for our students.”