Level 6 Costume Production student Elin Dickman secured a job on West End Musical Matilda just before Christmas last year. She gave us a little bit of insight about her work as a casual dresser on the show.
WHAT DOES THE ROLE INVOLVE?
I work at Matilda the musical, for the Royal Shakespeare Company where I am a casual dresser. Here I have learnt 5 dressing plots and continue to complete these when cover is needed. The recent cast change has also meant I’ve been completing alterations and notes for the continued show.
WHAT IS THE MOST INTERESTING THING YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?
The most interesting thing I’ve learnt is how a West end production works, how each department works in unison and harmoniously for the show to run as smoothly as possible. I’ve also learnt how to deal with cover cast being on with a wave of Covid affecting the cast and crew. This allowed me to understand what it’s like to complete the same plots with different actors and what this involves.
HOW HAS THIS SUPPORTED YOUR STUDIES AND CAREER ASPIRATIONS?
This work supports my degree by giving me more experience dressing which is a passion my degree has given me. I have furthered my dressing skills that I learnt at Bruford. It also helps me work in a team more effectively for future college shows.
I felt prepared enough to go into the industry before I’ve finished my degree from the skills I learnt at Bruford. It has allowed me to make connections before I leave university.
I would love for others to have the opportunities this job has allowed me (as well as pay so that’s good too!).