Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…
This week we headed over to University College Birmingham where the 1960’s sprang back to life in a mist of hairspray and greasepaint as Specialist Hair and Media Make-up students showcased their skills to cast members from the hit musical Hairspray, including X-Factor runner up Marcus Collins.
Marcus and cast members of the West End and Broadway musical in full colour and fabulous costume called in to the University’s make-up training studios on Newhall Street to meet students of the Birmingham based University which has over 7,500 students.
Nothing says “welcome to the 60’s” like a beehive-do and to mark the occasion the cast met two Theatrical Special Effects, Hair and Media Make-up Diploma students and their award-winning 1960’s hair and make-up creations which recently were amongst the top ten winners in a national hairdressing competition. Six Specialist Hair and Media Make-up degree students also highlighted work they had created for their Styling for Photography exam including hairstyles, headwear and costumes.
Marcus Collins who plays the role of Seaweed Stubbs in Hairspray was actually a professional hairdresser himself in Liverpool! He gave up the hairdressing profession to audition for the X Factor where he beat 200,000 people and became runner up to Little Mix in the 2011 final.
To see a video of our afro-tastic trip click here.
To catch Marcus and the cast in Hairspray click here for tickets.