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Kim Missen FdA Theatre Production Case Study
Kim Missen developed her interest in theatre production as a teenager whilst working alongside her wardrobe mistress mother on musical productions in her local town. Although Kim always had an interest in wardrobe for theatre, Kim initially embarked on an undergraduate degree in Chemistry. It was whilst undertaking this degree that Kim began to work in her spare time on the university’s musical society student shows acting as wardrobe mistress. This experience made Kim realise that her real interests lay in theatre and led to Kim applying for the Foundation degree in Theatre Production at Bath Spa University.
The Foundation degree in Theatre Production based primarily at the Theatre Royal Bath introduces students to virtually all of the disciplines involved in the mounting of professional performances, including lighting and sound, stage management, scenic construction and design, props and wardrobe, rigging, flying and special effects, computer aided-design and production management.
Prior to starting the programme, Kim had only ever worked on musical productions, “On the Foundation degree I get to work on different types of productions and theatre genres such as Restoration Comedy, Comedia Del Arte and modern Shakespeare adaptations.”
Kim’s success, working on the Theatre Royal Bath’s 2008 Youth Theatre production of His Dark Materials, led to a four week paid summer placement this year as a casual wardrobe assistant for the Peter Hall Company at the Theatre Royal. Kim worked on the productions A Doll’s House and A Portrait of a Lady and her role included dressing the actors, sewing fixes, costume maintenance, quick changes and collecting laundry ready for the next day performance. “Working with a professional theatre company” says Kim “has enhanced my CV and given me an understanding of how the wardrobe department of a highly respected theatre company operates on a professional level.”