The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London’s Theatrical Media Make-up students took their talents to the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships in the Lee Valley Leisure Centre last week.  Armed with stencils, paint, air brushes, wax, fake blood and lots of creativity the learners set about giving the rowing participants black eyes, gaping wounds and tattoos… (not literally of course!)

The stand was swamped for the duration of the day, and it gave the students a great opportunity to practice their skills. The partnership came about after the Skills London Expo in 2013 where the College joined London Youth Rowing  (LYR) – giving out make-overs  whilst the LYR ran a rowing challenge.  It was such a success that LYR invited the Theatrical Media Make-up students to join them at the championships this year.

As well as being the largest indoor junior rowing event in the world and the chance for many young rowers to enter their first race; Penny Cuthbert Development and Training Manager for LYR wanted to “…give the young people interesting things to do when they are not racing on our machine – I try to organize lots of activities and give the day a more festival feel to it.’  With no overall winner, the rowers were categorized into year groups, and competed for their schools in provisional and final races, with winners in each year group.

Debra Pluthero who runs the course said of the day “It’s always a great opportunity for the learners to practice what they’ve learnt on real clients.  It was such a busy day that it truly was an insight into what working on a film set, or back stage would be like. ”

The course, gives learners the skills they need to pursue a career in make-up artistry in TV, film or theatre.  And according to the rowers, of whom quite a few planned to trick their fellow rowers, teachers and even parents, their creations were incredibly realistic.

For more information on the Theatrical Media Make-up Course Click Here.

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A rower receiving a rather gruesome neck injury

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