Costume - Arts University Bournemouth

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Lighthouse

This may, AUB invited Dorset residents to a new musical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ famous children’s classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which took place at the Lighthouse, Poole from Thursday 9th May to Saturday 11th May 2019.

Students from AUB’s BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design and BA (Hons) Make-Up for Media and Performance are collaborating with Kokoro, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed new music ensemble.

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Costume & Performance Design Run ‘Days for Girls’ Charity Event

Poole UK Team of ‘Days for Girls’ Hosted an epic day of making on the 8th March 2019 at AUB

The Poole Team (Arts University Bournemouth, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design) of Days for Girls is pleased to announce that it hosted  ’An epic day of making’ on Friday, 8th March 2019.

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AUB Costume students recreate the very first Barbie doll

This Saturday marks the 60th birthday of the original Barbie Doll, released in 1959.

BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design students have created a full-size, real life version of the original first box and outfit, with Barbie wearing the same black and white swimsuit, sporting her signature ponytail and standing in a replica box. The modern twist comes with her holding a smart phone, wearing the latest trainers and carrying a pro-vegan tote bag.

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A magical collaboration between AUB students and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Students from multiple courses at AUB have collaborated on a project in response to a live brief set by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO).

The collaborative project between AUB and BSO, coordinated by TheGallery AUB is now in its fourth year running.

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Costume designers will be able to further extend their knowledge and understanding of bringing history to life for the modern age thanks to a new book by Arts University Bournemouth lecturer, Mandy Barrington.

Mandy is a Senior Lecturer in Costume at AUB and has a passion for researching historical patterns and helping young designers learn about the corsetry of the last 300 years. This led her to creating her first book ‘Stays and Corsets: Historical Patterns Translated for the Modern Body’. The book doesn’t just tell students about corsetry, it shows them how to recreate original historical garments and adapt them to fit modern figures by providing pattern templates and step-by-step instructions. Last year she launched the follow up; ‘Stays and Corsets Volume 2’, which has already proven highly popular on Amazon. The second volume contains brand new corset patterns with a range of silhouettes that span from the late 16th century to the early 20th century.

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An Arts University Bournemouth Course Leader has written a book on how to be a costume supervisor – from the very first meeting to the final performance.

Rebecca Pride is the Course Leader for Costume and Performance Design at AUB and with more than 30 years’ experience in costume and theatre design, she wanted to pass on her knowledge to the next generation.

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AUB Shelley Season featured in local and national press

This Autumn, AUB marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of the iconic novel Frankenstein, with a whole season of productions to pay tribute to the author, Mary Shelley, receiving coverage both in local and national media.

The first plays of the series, Mary Shelley, Blood and Ice and Freakenstein, were all performed at The Shelley Theatre, a venue that was built for Mary by her son, with the later production CTRL C being performed in St. Peter’s Church, the rest place of Mary Shelley.

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AUB Acting Students featured on BBC Radio Solent

BA (Hons) Acting course leader, Katharine Piercey, and students from AUB were joined by BBC Radio Solent to discuss the final performances in the Shelley Season, part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival this morning as they marked the close of the Shelley season with performances of Ctrl C at St Peters church.

The series which also includes Mary Shelley, Blood and Ice, and Freakenstein was a celebration of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel Frankenstein, which was written by the author 200 years ago, this year.

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AUB Productions presents Ctrl C as part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival

AUB is marking the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein with a season of plays to celebrate its author Mary Shelley

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