“It was just what I was looking for in a course. It combined theatre design, and costume and visual theatre, using traditional skills and practical experience. You’re also part of a big drama department, working on actual shows, and working very closely with actors and directors.”
Josefine Larsen travelled from her native Denmark to study at Edge Hill University and says it was a brilliant decision.
She left family and friends in Copenhagen to come to Ormskirk after she identified the quality of the Design for Performance degree. The course features everything from construction skills to practical project experience, as well as specialist areas such as puppetry and street theatre.
“It was just what I was looking for in a course,” she said. “It combined theatre design, and costume and visual theatre, using traditional skills and practical experience. You’re also part of a big drama department, working on actual shows, and working very closely with actors and directors.”
It was Josefine’s first time in the north of England – previously, she’d only ever been to London on holiday. And, though the homesickness was tough, she says the atmosphere on the Edge Hill campus helped enormously.
“I thought it was great,” she said, “people were so helpful and welcoming, and I felt at home really quickly.”
Since graduation in 2012, Josefine has been back in Copenhagen where she’s been working freelance, most recently with a youth film school as a junior producer, assisting with film school administration and film-making classes including production design. She’s even used the skills she learned at Edge Hill to plan out her own production design course based on existing material and travelled around Denmark along with acclaimed filmmakers on a day course in film-making. She’s also worked on short films and as a prop-master for television shows, feature films, and on set design for musicals and fashion shows.
“I would definitely recommend the Design for Performance course at Edge Hill as it has given me so many specific skills. It has made it possible for me to apply for so many projects that have given me a wealth of experience.
“I always wanted to do something creative, but I was too shy to be an actress and wondered perhaps if I could become a director. Then I realised I was the best in the youth film school I attended at production design and that was what I really cared about. I am currently enjoying developing my experience and in the future I hope to specialise in my career, either in films or theatre.”