Why I love theatre and acting

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?

Girl Masked

 

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  1. Elm says:

    It’s amazing how acting has let you gain so much. I really relate to the escapism part of it – I feel like I can be transported to another place. I love hearing about your plays; it’s lovely to know that you’ve got to know so many new people and had such fantastic experiences! X

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks so much! Ah that’s great! Yes, I definitely agree with you there. Thanks so much, I’m so glad! X

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  2. Wow, Kate! I never knew you had this hidden talent! It sounds like you’re an amazing actress with all of those grade exams under your belt! I can totally understand why drama is so appealing for you, I feel the same way about reading books- they transport you into another world and you can forget “you” and just put yourself into someone else’s life for a while, I love it! I used to go to student theatre productions a lot when I was at my last uni, my favourite plays were an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and Tis Pity She’s a Whore- they were both incredibly well done! I need to get some theatre tickets again asap!

    Abbey xx

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Ah thanks so much for you lovely comment, Abbey! Ah, I don’t know about that now! Yes, I definitely get what you mean about books. I never realised how similar the two things are until you mentioned it. Oh wow, glad to hear you enjoyed them. Haven’t heard of them myself, will defo look them up!
      Kate xxx

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  3. I have actually been to the theatre fairly recently! We went to see Derren Brown’s newest show Underground a few weeks ago and it was spectacular. The atmosphere in a theatre is unlike any other xxx

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Oooh fab! I haven’t heard of that one, I’ll definitely look it up! So glad that you enjoyed it! Yes, I definitely agree! xxx

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  4. ofbeautyand says:

    I was never into drama at school but I love going to the theatre x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  5. Ahh, I can totally relate to this! I’ve always been a drama kid, and I love the theatre too. It’s lovely to hear how well you’re doing, best of luck with your teaching qualifications!
    Love, Hayley X
    Lifethroughtsg.com

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Ah that’s great! Lovely to hear you love the theatre too! Thanks so much, appreciate it!
      Kate xxx

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  6. Amazing! You’ve been keeping this a secret and it just sounds so exciting! I haven’t been to the theatre in a while but hopefully we’ll be going again soon for our anniversary! Best of luck with it all!
    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Ah thanks so much! Aw that would be lovely!

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  7. I haven’t been to the theatre in the longest time but I do really enjoy myself when I go! I feel exactly the same way when singing, it gives you the chance to become a completely different person for a while and it’s so nice! Good luck with your play reading and I hope you continue to enjoy it!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Ah that’s great! Oh yes, singing is fab too! Thanks so much, appreciate it! Xx

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  8. You are so lucky to have found something you are passionate about – it’s what makes life better! Maybe one day I will see you in something 🙂

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂

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  9. Acting sounds like such a wonderful outlet for creativity!

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  10. Bethany Jane says:

    I never really tried drama or acting, but I think I would have loved it. I absolutely love going to the theatre, there’s something about live performances that makes me a bit emotional haha. I love knowing that the people on stage are living their dreams, getting to do what they really love. I can imagine that it feels so freeing to be someone else for a while!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      It’s never to late!
      Yeah, exactly. Same, here. Yes. definitely.
      Thanks for reading. 🙂

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  11. Gracie says:

    Acting is wonderful; I’m so happy you have found it to be such a brilliant outlet 🙂 X

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      It is, thank you! Ah thanks so much, I appreciate it! 🙂 X

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