Seaford student scoops opera award

Sussex Downs College winners
Sussex Downs College winners

A student from Seaford has scooped a prize in the Royal Opera House Design Challenge.

Sussex Downs College students received two of the four design awards available. A2 Art and Design Student Elise Ilett, 18, from Seaford, won the award for best Marketing Strategy and Design and Production Arts student, Luke Adlam, 17, from Eastbourne, won the award for Best Set Design.

National Skills Academies from across the UK entered the Royal Opera House Design Challenge for 2015.

Based on Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini’s ‘Madama Butterfly,’ students entered work in four categories: Set Design, Costume Design, Hair, Wigs and Make-Up Design and Marketing Strategy and Design.

Four hundred and 55 entries from 16 colleges were shortlisted to 48. The work was then displayed in the Royal Opera House on March 27 before the matinee of ‘Madama Butterfly’.

The winners were announced during the show’s interval.

A spokesman for Sussex Downs College said: “Judges commented on the quality of the work produced, work that easily rivals University Degree projects.

“Alongside their finished designs, students submitted supporting material on every aspect of the planning stage. The double win for Sussex Downs College is a fantastic testament to the quality of teaching and work being generated at the College. Further student work from Sussex Downs College was shortlisted for the final and displayed at the Royal Opera House.”