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.

In this timeless story, four children step through a wardrobe into a frozen world, which is under the spell of the formidable White Witch. In this world, where it is eternally winter but never Christmas, animals can talk and mythical creatures are real. The children must join Aslan the Lion, Narnia’s only hope for breaking the witch’s curse, in a deadly struggle between good and evil.

BA (Hons) Acting students brought these well-loved characters to life and BA (Hons) Make-Up for Media and Performance and BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design students transformed the cast into mythical beasts and wicked foes.

Costume students, Ynna Ramirez and Ella Turvey, created over 50 costumes especially for the show.

The set is designed by Costume student, Tish Mantripp, and is made with natural materials. Inspired by working with internationally renowned puppetry company Green Ginger, Performance Design students have also created a number of puppets for the performance, bringing the number of characters and actors combined to 91.

Aslan himself was played by a puppet, an incredible piece of design work by Hatti Gadd, that will be manipulated by three actors.