Washington play puts make up in the spotlight

A heart-warming new play about friendship and the faces we show the world opens at Arts Centre Washington for a two night-run tonight.

Thursday, 2nd June 2016, 9:54 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd June 2016, 12:43 pm
A rehearsal for the event.

Set in a Winnebago on a film set, Made Up is the story of the relationship between Kate, a young film star, and her make-up artist, Sue.

Kate’s beautiful but scared, creating an act both in front of the camera and in her private life. Sue has her own unresolved issues and people she needs to make up with.

Their time together in the makeup trailer develops into a special relationship.

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Made Up is a collaboration between theatre company Stan’s Cafe and make-up artist Andrew Whiteoak, who has worked on Downton Abbey and Disney’s 2017 live action movie Beauty and the Beast.

This new production features the live application of theatrical make-up on stage.

Andrew said: “When I was approached by Stan’s Cafe to collaborate on Made Up I was immediately intrigued and excited by how ‘live’ make-up applications couldwork within a story.

“My task is to design make-up and effects that can be applied fluidly around dialogue, which is a particular challenge in itself.

“Having worked in theatre, film and television for over 22 years it’s nice to be able to reflect, analyse and inform about the trusted relationship an actor and their make-up artist have and filter this into a beautiful piece of theatre.” –

l Made Up is at Arts Centre Washington on June 2 and 3 at 7.30pm. Tickets are ‘Pay What You Decide’ meaning you can book tickets as normal but decide what to pay after you have seen the show.

To book visit www.artscentrewashington.co.uk or call 0191 561 3455.