Take 35 actors and transform them into druids, sorcerers, darklords, village folk, a King, a goddess, a hero and his true love. Make their hair (and makeup) fit a world set in Celtic Wales 2000 years in the past.
We needed to create authentic representations that fit with the time period, the status of the character and their role. Adapting looks and styles to work in with changes of character such as human to non human form, female to male and vice versa proved most challenging but was also satisfying.
While makeup application doesn't play a large role on the Level 4 programme in hairdressing, it complements and enhances the work we do with hair in theatre. The show’s director Saramea Waterman entrusted us with the entire hair and makeup look and it was great to be able to work with both.
Traditional Celtic braids and ginger tones completed the look for Royal subjects. Wigs and hairpieces were also used for added effect, adding height, texture and movement. Whereas emphasis was placed on wild, untamed styles for the lower class village folk and the sorcerer.
Designs included tribal tattoos on the village children, detailed eye work on the goddess, and vivid colours for the warriors. Emphasis was on adding drama with highlights and shading.
“The hair and makeup had a lot to live up to and the NMIT students and tutors rose to the challenge and delivered. The final look completed the characters, suited the time period, were interesting to watch and withheld under the very bright lights.
“Having the right look helped the actors get into their character and role, and many commented on how nice it was to receive individual star treatment.
“The NMIT hairdressing crew became a valued part of the team and we are all grateful for their commitment, reliability, support and overall creativity” Saramea Waterman - Director.
Creating hair and makeup in theatre presents both visible and invisible challenges. The visible is of course how the actor looks when on stage but the invisible is just as important.
Working on the set of Prince of Mabon was successful due to
If you like the idea of creating amazing hair styles for the stage, hair competitions or special events take a look at the hairdressing courses on offer at NMIT.