QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 78 - Page 21

Revealing the talent behind the mask T –Cara hroughout the world masks are used for their expressive power as a feature of masked performance - both ritually and in various theatre traditions. Over the centuries they have been used for protection, in feasts or in wars, for ceremonies or in theatrical performances. Masks are used almost universally and maintain their power and mystery both for their wearers and their audience. They continue to be popular with various audiences – for carnival, children’s parties and Halloween, with mass produced masks often associated with characters in popular films, TV programmes or cartoon characters. Their popularity is a reminder of the enduring power of pretence and play, and of the power and appeal of masks. But moving away from their mainstream popular appeal, there’s not a hint of a cheap plastic mask or a thin nylon black cloak to be found in QMU’s busy costume design workshop. Instead, an intriguing array of handcrafted creations adorn the cutting tables. Amongst the stray slithers of lace and silk, is a selection of bespoke masks and hats suitable for all genres of theatre. The Costume Design and Construction s t u d e n t s h ave b e e n h a r d a t wo r k crafting original one-off designs for their assessments. These beautiful masks and millinery range in style from the mythical to the outlandish, with some suitable for a British period drama and others for something altogether more tropical. Some, even from the lower year groups, wouldn’t be out of place in productions like the ‘Lion King’ or ‘Downtown Abbey’. We’d like to share with you a selection of the stunning masks and millinery constructed by students on the BA (Hons) Costume Design and Construction programme. We hope some of you will join us, later in the year, at ‘Costume Showcase’, where many of these creations will take centre stage. All masks in this six page feature are created by 1st and 2nd year Costume Design and Construction students with photography by award-winning photographer Hamish Scott-Brown. QMYOU / Creativity & Culture / Hunter and the Hunted 21