Theatre design students at Northbrook college are bringing magic to the stage for Christmas, after being commissioned to create a Tinkerbell figurine for Worthing Theatres.

The students from the Sussex-based college were commissioned by the theatre’s marketing team to make a larger-than-life fairy to promote this year’s Peter Pan pantomime.

With a brief to recreate the much-loved JM Barrie character with an Edwardian spin, the students got to work – constructing the figure over the course of five weeks using a child-size mannequin as a foundation. Her wings were designed, welded and fitted with 240 LED lights.

The finished creation stands at nearly 8ft tall and will be on display in the Pavilion Theatre’s Denton Lounge until mid-January.

Theatre design student Rebecca Foster said: “By working as a team we learned lots of valuable skills, including how to compromise and reach agreement on design.”

Sadie Anderson, the course leader for theatre production arts, added, “The students are rightly proud of their creation and hope it will bring to life the magical aspects of this year’s pantomime.”


Featured picture: The 8ft statue of Tinkerbell