Madi Barnicoat BA Costume Student
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Madi Barnicoat

BA Costume Student


Madi is on the BA (Hons). During her time here she has covered specialist skills such as Dye and Breakdown, Embroidery, Pattern cutting, Millinery, Tailoring, Wig styling, Hair and Makeup; alongside supervising and assisting in a wardrobe department for both film and theatre. During her final year she hopes to focus on the detailing on costumes starting from dye and breakdown and to embellishments and embroidery.

 During her time at BOVTS she has undertaken placements with companies such as HBO; rdf West and BBC Productions and is due to undertake a work placement at Angels and Sew Curvy. 


Dye and Breakdown: Breakdown Trainee – ‘Avenue 5’ (HBO – 2019), Breakdown Trainee – ‘Ammonite’ (BBC Productions – 2019), Breakdown Trainee – ‘Our lady of Kibeho’ (The Royal and Degenerate – 2019); ‘The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby’ (Bristol Old Vic Theatre – 2019)

Supervision: ‘Her Naked Skin’ (Circomedia – 2020), ‘The Canterbury Tales’ (West Country Tour – 2019)

Costume Maker: ‘The Snow Queen’ (The Redgrave Theatre – 2019); ‘Earthquakes in London’ ( Bristol Old Vic Theatre Studio – 2019); ‘The Pale Horse’ (BBC Productions – 2019) ‘The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby’ (Bristol Old Vic Theatre – 2019)

Wardrobe Assistant: Wardrobe Trainee- ‘The Crystal Maze USA’ (rdf West – 2019);The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby’ (Bristol Old Vic Theatre – 2019); ‘Mrs Beeton Says’ (The Redgrave Theatre – 2018); ‘The Railway Children’ (The Redgrave Theatre – 2018); ‘Clybourne Park’ (Bristol Old Vic Theatre Studio – 2018)


Photo by Ed Felton

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice