Callum Forbes

MA Making Performance

  I had the space to write my own piece, work with a cast, and then see it performed for a student audience. It gave me a massive buzz to see their reactions.

“Edge Hill’s Performing Arts department is my spiritual home, so it made sense to study my MA here.  I have always wanted to write my own plays and to have the freedom to explore subjects that interest me, and this course offered that. Financial support through the Postgraduate Support Scheme also helped my decision.

I’m very passionate about writing drama so most enjoyed the performance project module. I had the space to write my own piece, work with a cast, and then see it performed for a student audience. It gave me a massive buzz to see their reactions. There really is nothing like seeing your piece get such a good reception, it’s one of the best feelings I’ve had. That play is now being produced by ‘Naughty Corner Productions’, the University’s resident theatre company. It will be performed at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool, as well as at the Edinburgh fringe, and will then hopefully tour with a professional cast.

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of support I got from my tutors. The academic side of the course was difficult for me as it was a definite step-up from an undergraduate degree. There were days when I felt that my research was going badly, but tutors’ doors were always open and I was welcome to go and have a chat. As well as this the facilities here are second to none, probably some of the best in the country.

The course has definitely encouraged me to pursue my own writing. It has also given me the confidence to do a writing course at the Everyman Theatre and to take part in a monologue night which was a really good experience. It has also opened doors to professional writing, directing and acting opportunities including a film and a play next year. The course is very challenging and a lot of work, but at the same time it is stimulating and has helped me develop both as a professional and a person.”

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