A Middlesex University lecturer has been shortlisted for a top theatre award after impressing with his costume designs.
Theatre arts lecturer Jason Denvir’s costumes for ‘Mack and Mabel’ (Southwark Playhouse) impressed arts website Broadway World and his work will now go up against major West End names for the top prize in the best costume design category of their UK awards.
Jason worked as a set and costume designer for the production of Mack and Mabel, and enlisted the help of five of his students to give them real life experience of roles in stage management, design and costume.
He said: “This nomination is for the whole team not just me as the named designer. I was so impressed by the way our students positively adapted to their roles in a professional team and the experience has been great for them as I’ve seen a real difference in their practice since the production.
“It is quite an accolade for a team who were working with limited resources to be compared with bigger budget West End productions in this way.”
Final year Theatre Arts student Lizzy Gethings (21), who lives in Hendon, said: “It was so exciting to be a part of such a successful production and being able to work with so many professionals was an invaluable opportunity. My main role was working as a costume assistant, both before and during the run of the show - it was a great way to be able to put our skills into practice.
“I feel extremely proud to have contributed to the award nomination. It is really nice to know that everyone's hard work has been recognised and to see that the result of the hard work was a success.”
Set in the early 20th Century, Mack and Mabel tells the story of a tumultuous romantic relationship between a Hollywood director and an actress who became one of his biggest stars.
Jason and his team will be up against costume designers from Sweeny Todd, Taboo, Top Hat, Ragtime, and The Taming of the Shrew in the online vote.
Voting closes on 30 November, and takes place on Broadway World's website.