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Thrilling experience for students

May 24 2011

Three Dudley College students on the BTEC National Diploma Production Arts (Costume, make-up and technical effects for Film, TV and Theatre) course saw their work on the BBC in the form of the clowns funeral featured in the first episode of series two of 'Psychoville' starring Dawn French, Imelda Staunton, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.

Character from Psychoville

The comedy series is about the survivors of an explosion at Ravenhill Psychiatric Hospital who reunite to bury one of their own killed in the blast, but there is to be no rest for the wicked.

The three students Rebecca Dent 20 from Dudley, Rebecca Waite 21 and Haylie Heather 20 from Tipton were invited by BBC make-up designer Stevie Smith to interpret and realise some of the clowns, constructing wigs and applying make-up for the opening scene (which aired on 06th May 2011) after working with previous Dudley College students during BBC's 'Doctor Who' and 'Diary of a call girl' (Billy Piper).

Tutor Neil Hughes said, "I believe its vital to give students the exciting real life opportunites to get hands on experience during the course, its empowering for students to see their work aired live on the prestigious BBC, in previous years students from the production arts course have worked for Dr Who, The Paul O' Grady Show, Lord of the Ring Prequals, Elton John, Jean Paul Gualtier and won national costumes awards judged by international fashion designers such as Zandra Rhodes and Red or Dead."