Two Theatre graduates are enjoying a fabulous start to their careers, working on West End hits ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.
Hope Watson and Beau Bambi Brett, who both studied on Northbrook’s Make-up & Hair for Theatre and Media degree, were able to launch their careers in the West End through the industry contacts of their tutors.
Bambi Beau Brett
went for an interview at the English National Opera following a recommendation made by Northbrook’s wig tutor. She got the job and worked on ‘Othello’, followed by ‘The Girl of the Golden West’, which won Best Opera of the Year.
In January of this year, Bambi was offered a position on Wagner’s comedy ‘The Mastersingers of Nuremberg’. In demand, she went on to work on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ with highlights including: “…painting Violet purple in a quick change on stage!”
She has recently been working as Wigs Manager on 'Peter Pan' at Regent’s Park and says, “The course at Northbrook taught me more than just hair and make-up; I learnt theatre etiquette, budgets, how to create a show bible - the list goes on. These things came in so handy when I was just starting out.”
“We have had some amazing people come in and tutor us as well, such as Phillip Carson who teaches wig knotting and who gave me that first stepping stone to the English National Opera.”
“We have been taught by tutors that are currently working on major films, tv shows or have some amazing work in print at the moment. My tutor, Amanda Burns, was Head of Make-up at ITV.”
secured work experience at the English National Opera House via her tutor. She was then able to apply for a wig making role with a company called The Wig Workshop, with whom she travelled across the country and to Mexico, where she helped set up the Lion King Show.
Other work has included touring with the Royal Court, which saw her working in New York on ‘BAM’, followed by a role at The National Theatre.
Hope says of her career so far: “The variation of the work is brilliant and that’s what I find most enjoyable. In one day I have gone from making a Simba foundation to turning a ballerina into a turtle. Northbrook was a strong stepping stone leading me into work, by introducing me to key figures within the industry. “
We wish them every success in their careers.