This week we made the fourth of five special wishes come true as part of our 50th anniversary year.

Responding to a nationwide callout, Poppy Camden, a recent graduate of the Fashion Design programme at Glasgow School of Art, wished to work with our costume department to help bring a production to life.

After unveiling that her wish would come true, we invited Poppy into our Glasgow home to get a behind-the-scenes insight into the workings of wardrobe as they approached the opening of The Crucible tour.

Looking to make her career working with costumes for theatre and dance, Poppy had the opportunity to observe the intricacies of creating, fitting and maintaining costumes, before getting hands-on experience with the team; helping to prepare pieces worn by main characters such as Abigail and Elizabeth Proctor.

‘My time with Scottish Ballet has been invaluable and has given me a real insight into what goes into producing and touring a show of their standard. As someone who is just starting out in their career, it was an inspiring experience to be involved with a company I’ve always admired and I am so grateful to wardrobe for welcoming me into their team during my wish!’

Poppy Camden

From crafting pieces at Scottish Ballet HQ in Glasgow to taking the show on the road, Poppy joined us as the company travelled to open The Crucible at Eden Court in Inverness.

Poppy also had the exclusive opportunity to work with the wardrobe team at the side of stage during opening night; helping dancers get into character and assisting with quick changes from one scene to another.

Becoming part of the Scottish Ballet family, Poppy gained a unique insight into the hard work, commitment and dedication that goes into making sure that the show must, truly, go on.

Poppy Camden meeting Five Wishes judge Janice Forsyth in Scottish Ballet. Credit Sally Jubb.

'The arts has the power to connect people as it brings them together to share creative experiences. I’m delighted that Poppy was able to use her love of design and fashion, alongside the skills from her degree, to become part of the hardworking wardrobe team as they took The Crucible on tour.'

Janice Forsyth, champion of the fourth wish