Laura Fraser (hair and makeup) first helped NWTC during Peter Pan by doing hair for 31 characters. In October 2016 she will assist the team for The Pillowman.
1. Within a backstage capacity, what have you worked on before (or is this your first venture into backstage work) and, generally speaking, what do you enjoy about this area of work?
This will be my fifth show in which I do the hair and second I help with makeup. I really like working backstage and having to organise the work. I loved helping on “Peter Pan” as there were lots of fantasy characters, such as mermaids. I also enjoyed doing very classical styles in “Oh, what a lovely war!” This year Natalia Sanchez, who directed the youth theatre, asked me to be her assistant and I’m looking forward to learning more about everything with her. I like that you help make the character by how they look but at the same time you don’t have the fear of going on stage or need to learn any lines!
2. How are you preparing for the task ahead in Pillowman and what do you see as the most enjoyable/challenging aspect this play has with regard to your work?
So far I have met the cast and other crew members, looked at different types of paint and chosen one that can be used on hair, body and clothes as there is one scene where an actor has some paint on. This is a very different play to others with more of a dark side than I am used to.