Hi you lovely readers!
Acting has been a big part of my life ever since I can remember. I’ve been doing Speech and Drama since I was four. Well, I was brought to ballet and apparently I was having none of it and cried after the first class and so I was brought to Drama instead. I barely remember this!
I’ve done grade exams with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama every year. I’ve completed the twelve grades and a proficiency exam. I’m currently studying to do my exams to become qualified to teach Speech and Drama.
I love working with a group of people to put on a play. I like getting to know the other actors; where they come from and who they are. I was in two plays with the drama society at college this year. One was a one act play and was on for around 15-20 minutes. It was a comedy called Desperate Gallery. The second was Mort by Terry Pratchett; a full slot play and it was at least one hour and half long. Over the year I got to know the other students and acting with them was a great experience.
I love the fact that when I act I can become a completely different person. When I’m acting I’m not Kate. I can be Nora Helmer or Antigone or anyone I want to be. This was particularly useful when I went through periods of stress and wanted to be anyone but myself. Back then, especially during exam season, and even from time to time, Drama is a great form of escapism for me. I could escape to another place, another period in history and let the words lead me.
I enjoy the impact that theatre can have on people. I went to see The Plough and The Stars a couple of years ago in Belvedere college theatre and it was by far one of the most emotional plays I’ve been to see. The and Tuesdays with Morrie which I recently saw locally took the audience on an emotional rollercoaster. The acting was superb, the actors made me sympathise with the characters and really taught me to see things from their point of view.
The same goes for the actors themselves. Playing the role of a character in a play in a particular situation you will of course have to portray different emotions. This can trigger different emotions and memories for the actor. I hadn’t done any acting since my proficiency exam in March and before that it was probably the previous exam the year before until I started partaking in the weekly play reading for fun that takes place upstairs in my local pub. It’s on once a week for all of July. I was a little bit rusty and nervous but I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to go back this Tuesday.
Have you been to the theatre recently?