Katie Ireland BA Costume Student

Katie Ireland

BA Costume Student


Katie is currently completing the 2 year costume FdA and intends to stay for 3rd year to achieve a BA hons.

Katie previously studied A level Film, Art and Product Design, with an EPQ in post-apocalyptic costume design and costume breakdown. During her time at BOVTS, Katie has embraced a wide range of costume roles and skills such as costume construction and supervision within theatre and film. Katie is passionate and proficient in costume breakdown, ombre dying and airbrushing combined with textile surface decoration. She is keen to further develop skills in latex and blood effects. The second year tailoring project as part of the specialist skills module has inspired Katie’s interest in period menswear. Katie is keen to explore opportunities to further her knowledge and practices.

Alongside her studies Katie has undertaken workroom placements at Bristol Costume Services, Watford Palace Theatre, and as a Costume breakdown trainee for HBO’s Avenue 5.

Supervision: Macbeth (Theatre in Education tour 2020),Scenes Shoot for Graduate Showreel (Film Project 2019), Richard III (Film Project 2020).

Costume Maker & Textile Artist: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Bristol Old Vic 2019, The Snow Queen (Redgrave Theatre 2019),The Laramie Project (Bristol Old Vic Studio 2019), Her Naked Skin (Circomedia 2020)

Assistant/Dresser: The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare (Bristol Tour in Education 2019), Let The Right One In (Circomedia 2019), The Dissociation of Shirley Mason (Bristol Old Vic 2019), Orca (Bristol Old Vic 2019), The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Bristol Old Vic 2019)

Photo by Ed Felton

One of my favourite parts about BOVTS is that it feels ‘homegrown’. From the set to the costume, lighting, acting and sound, every single aspect of a theatre production or film is down to the students. The location of Clifton is so serene and the School being so small everyone knows each other and it feels so personal and special. Violet Morris, BA Professional Acting Student