16 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Studied Drama at University
A degree in drama can be a beautiful thing; it can open your eyes to a world of theatrical, filmic and performative wonders. It can allow you to develop a multitude of creative, analytical, technical and expressive skills. And it can make you pretend to be a fireplace.
1. You won’t have even started your degree without first going through that chat with your mum and dad, where they make sure you wouldn’t rather do English. Or Physics.
Or, you know, something “proper”.
2. Telling a relative you’re studying modern theatre and hearing “ooh we loved Cats, didn’t we Pete?” in response.
Er, I’m more into postmodern physical theatre and performance art. But yeah. Cats is good.
3. Beginning your degree thinking theatre is either Brechtian or Stanislavskian. With nothing in the middle.
Who the hell is Boal?
4. Drama nights out. No half measures.
5. And if anyone plans a fancy dress party, you will own it.
6. You will forget you cannot use terms like proscenium arch, Fresnel, mise-en-scène etc. with your non drama friends.
7. Playing warm-up games like Zip! Zap! Boing!, The Pheasant Plucker’s Son and The Floor Is Made of Lava.
8. The end of year awards do will be treated like the BAFTAs.
And the minute you leave uni you realise they mean absolutely nothing. But they’re still on your CV.
9. The term ‘Edinburgh’ comes to mean so much more than just a city.
It’s more of a way of life.
10. If you had any film modules, you will never be able to watch a bad film ever again.
11. You will have been asked to portray an inanimate object at some point in your university career.
Tree. Fireplace. Tray. Door. An entire mushroom farm. Anything is possible when you embrace the true spirit of Drama.
12. Having to convince people you do actually write essays and stuff at uni.
13. Then having to justify why you have no exams after first year.
14. You will write a dissertation that either sounds moronically simple when talking to a friend, or unbelievably incomprehensible.
It’s a straight toss-up between “Construction and deconstruction of meaning in postmodern theatre practice” and “The music of Radiohead in films”. Can’t decide.
15. You will spend your three years assuming you are going to be qualified for absolutely no job in the real world.
16. But as soon as you finish, you realise you’re actually qualified for quite a lot of jobs.
Communication skills, confidence and creativity are all pretty worthwhile skills to have in the real world.
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