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stacey-contehStacey Conteh 

Course: Theatre BA 

"Brunel set me up with skills that allow me to work in a multitude of roles across the Arts industry"

Before I came to Brunel, I attended another University but I did not find it challenging enough or feel that it would benefit me in the long run. I applied to Brunel University for the BA Theatre course. This course would allow me to choose from a wide range of modules and that’s when I realised that Brunel was the university for me.

My time at Brunel was a very rocky road due to health issues but I always tried my best and I always had support from my lecturers, the Disability and Dyslexic service, my mum and my friends (Word of advice - the lecturers are there to help you, so don’t hesitate to contact them!).

Brunel opened my eyes to skills I thought I had lost, and taught me that even though I am dyslexic, this doesn’t stop me from expressing myself through playwriting and poetry. This year, I have started a poetry blog and also just been offered to do an internship writing children’s poetry. I never thought to pursue writing as a career but these three years have taught me that even if you study a particular subject, it can open other doors that you never thought you could open or even existed.

chris-kasapiChris Kasapi

Course: Theatre BA

"Theatre at Brunel allows you to develop your interests in a field you may want to later go into, as well as dipping your toe into other fields"

As I was approaching the end of my A-levels, University was the last place I wanted to go; yet still, I was applying for UCAS and attending open days. Nowhere inspired me, grabbed my attention, and made me want to carry on with education. Then I visited Brunel. In the easiest way to explain, I fell in love.

What attracted me to Brunel the most was the course. Theatre at Brunel allows you to develop your interests and become experienced in a field you may want to later go into, as well as dipping your toe into other fields you are interested in, or may have no experience in. For example, in your second year at Brunel studying theatre, you could one week be performing workshops in a school or prison, and the next be starring in a musical. The course offers such a diverse range of modules such as applied theatre, musical theatre, directing, play writing, histories, debating and much more! That was already enough for me, the diversity of modules and the range of opportunities available.

The placement module is probably what has benefited me the most out of all modules. Firstly, there is a two day boot camp where we are given help on writing a CV, a covering letter, and interview techniques. There is also a session on all the things you can do with a Theatre degree, which is loads! I did my placement at the Chickenshed Theatre in Theatre Management, and this has massively equipped me with vital skills I can add to my CV, along with all those that I’ve learnt from my degree, and really does put me ahead of other graduates. The plan now is to accumulate all I’ve learnt and work my way into venue management.