I didn’t think I would be making props out of recycled materials or dyeing costumes with onions. Sustainable theatre was something I’d never had the chance to explore before.
How I came to be studying Drama was a series of happy accidents. I was originally planning to become an army officer. I’d been a sergeant major in the army cadets, which is the second highest rank you can have, so at sixth form I’d been guided down a science route.
After a few months, I realised it just wasn’t for me so I asked to change courses at the end of my first year. Drama was the only subject left so I took it – and I loved it. It became the only subject I wanted to study at university.
The Drama degree has been so much better than I imagined. Firstly, it’s a drama course, not an acting course, and I was really excited to learn the theory behind drama as well as the techniques. You also get to study a wide range of areas like stage management and directing – I didn’t really know anything about these roles before I came to Edge Hill. The best thing is you get to learn about them hands-on in the theatre as well as in the classroom.
I’ve loved being part of Mrs Pankhurst’s Players, a feminist theatre collective made up of staff and students. I’ve performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and also at a conference in New York. It was an amazing experience and I don’t think anything will ever top it. As part of that trip, I developed a drag king act, I didn’t even know drag kings existed. I’ve now performed as ‘Jude Ass’ in an Edge Hill Drag Race and I want to carry on doing it in the future as I love it so much!
While at Edge Hill, I’ve collaborated with some other students and set up a theatre company, Tenderfoot Theatre, to raise awareness of environmental issues and create sustainable theatre. I didn’t think I would be making props out of recycled materials or dyeing costumes with onions. Sustainable theatre was something I’d never had the chance to explore before.
The opportunities you get to develop skills beyond acting is what has surprised me most about the course. In my first show with Mrs Pankhurst’s Players I was offered the role of costume designer. I was a bit out of my comfort zone at first but ended up absolutely loving it. I’m now looking at pursuing a Masters in Costume Design (with a bit of drag king on the side!) which I wouldn’t have considered if I hadn’t come here.