For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be on stage and perform in front of an audience. As a child I enjoyed every trip to the theatre my parents could manage to take me to from the Christmas pantomime to a birthday trip to see ‘Cats’.
Watching ‘Cats’ for the first time not only inspired me to take up dance lessons but also to persuade my parents to enrol me in a stage school when I reached school age. During my educational career I was dedicated to all my subjects, but in particular to Drama and English Literature as this allowed me to closely study some of the greatest plays ever written.
At secondary school I performed in various plays included ‘The Crucible’, ‘Grease’, ‘Oliver’, and mostly proudly, as Tallulah in ‘Bugsy Malone’. As well as giving me the opportunity to put in valuable hours on stage my time at school also allowed me to work behind the scenes in the costume department and gain valuable directing skills during my GCSE year.
One module of my GCSE Drama course that I really enjoyed was Theatre in Education. This involved putting together a play with a small group to teach 5-6 year olds an important message. Not only did we have to perform this play we also had to conduct a drama workshop with the class of children afterwards to help them think more about the anti-bullying message we portrayed in the performance.
Taking part in this module inspired me to pursue a career as a drama teacher as I feel that educating children through performing is one of the best ways to educate and develop young children’s skills.
Outside of school I am very much involved with my local theatre group which has given me a ‘universal’ understanding of all aspects of theatre including costume design, stage management, and producing and directing a production.
I hope that my time at university will allow me to further develop my performance skills and hone my craft both on stage and as a producer and director.