Young People learn spooky special effects in South Oxhey

01 November 2016

Young people and their Youth Workers from the South Oxhey area have dedicated time over the last seven weeks learning how to create special effects with the input of a theatrical make-up artist as part of Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions Girls Only Youth Project.

The project, which takes place at Youth Connexions YouthZone in South Oxhey, is for girls in school years 8, 9 and 10. The group of girls who took part in the course of seven workshops came up with the idea of learning theatrical make-up skills and were keen to learn some spooky special effects.

The girls have learned to master trauma techniques, sci-fi make up with prosthetics, aging of the face and stage make up. Particular favourites among the group was producing trauma effects using simple ingredients which can be sourced at home and learning to produce dramatic moulds for cuts and injuries.  These included using strawberry syrup, sugar and oil to replicate blood and playdough with baby oil to produce cuts and bruises! 

As well as having a great time, the young people also surprised themselves by how much they could achieve by learning something completely new and by working with other young people that they would not have known otherwise.

“I loved learning how to do all of the make-up skills but I was also surprised at how I can make the parts at home with simple ingredients,” commented participant, Molly, while Amy added: “The gory cuts and bruises were so much fun to create.”

The programme was so popular that it will be run again from April next year. If you are interested in finding out how to take part, email