Preparing for your Theatre degree
If you’re planning on studying Theatre at Warwick next year then this post is for you! The current situation has had a huge impact on student life, and if your A Level exams have been cancelled you may be feeling overwhelmed, lost and unmotivated. Or perhaps you’ve been taking a year out and are looking for ways to get ready to start your studies again. For this post, I’ve put together a few suggestions of things you could do over the coming months to help you feel a little more prepared and inspired before starting the Theatre course.
This may seem like an obvious one, but immersing yourself in plays is a great way to feel excited for your studies. Due to the lockdown, there are now more opportunities to access online play texts and performances than ever – National Theatre Live has been streaming some of their past productions on YouTube and there are lots of texts/videos available on Drama Online if your school or college has access to it. If you’re finding that you have more time on your hands at the moment, now might be a good time to finally tick some plays off of your ‘to read’ list or re-read some of your favourites. Revisiting the plays that made you fall in love with theatre studies or that bring back happy memories is a great way to reignite your spark for theatre.
Explore new material
One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about the Theatre course has been the broad range of topics and material it’s allowed me to explore. For a few of my assignments, I’ve written about documentaries and films rather than just focusing on plays, so if you don’t feel like reading at the moment, why not spend some time watching a documentary on a topic that fascinates you. Even if something doesn’t seem directly relevant to theatre, it could still be valuable; perhaps it will inform your thinking on a future essay topic or it might come in handy if you decide to study modules outside of the course.
If you’re looking for something creative to get stuck into or have had an idea for a creative project in the back of your mind for a while, spending some time writing down and developing your ideas would be a good way to prepare for things you might create in the future. There are lots of opportunities to explore creative writing both on the course and outside of it (through societies and events such as Millburn Mic Nights) so writing down your ideas might provide a welcome escape from stress and help to get your creativity flowing.
Research theatre companies/organisations that inspire you
There are so many amazing arts organisations out there, and during your time at Warwick you might get the opportunity to work with them through placements, work experience or volunteering. It may also be useful to look into some local organisations; there are lots of brilliant theatre companies and charities in the Midlands which you may be interested in working with as a student or as a graduate. Researching and following these companies might inspire you to try something new or give you a sense of what your future career could look like.
Follow societies on social media
Lots of us are spending more time scrolling through Facebook and Instagram at the moment and if you’re looking for some new content to follow, many of Warwick’s student societies have active social media accounts. There are a wide variety of theatre societies – from Warwick University Drama Society (WUDS) and Music Theatre Warwick (MTW) to Codpiece Theatre and Warwick Panto Society – that you may be interested in joining, so why not have a look at some of the projects they’ve been working on and explore some of the opportunities on offer. The Theatre department also has its own Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which you can follow to get a further insight into life as a Theatre student.
During this period of uncertainty and anxiety, it’s completely normal to feel unmotivated or worried about the future. Ultimately, there is no pressure to spend this difficult time gearing up for future studies, but I hope this post has given you some ideas of ways that you can engage with theatre at home and get re-inspired in the process.