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You don’t have to go to Sylvia Young to make it on stage – The Daily Touch

In Theatre Reviews on November 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Fresher’s Week 2012 will provide the perfect antidote to the post-Edinburgh Festival come-down and re-quench many students’ non-alcoholic thirsts for performance.

Every fresher’s week, every year lays the same cunning trap to take advantage of new year ambitions to make friends and get famous. All the societies execute perfect sales pitches to ensure budding Meryl Streeps spend their entire student loan on joining various musical theatre and stage crew ‘socs’. As well as a few of the more obscure societies like ‘cirque soc’ or maybe even ‘chess soc’.

However, drama societies are not just for the pretentious stage-hogger to audition for the lead roles of Danny Zuko, Sweeney Todd, Lady Macbeth and (somehow) Godot – but they provide an opportunity to flex amateur dramatic skills for, well, amateurs.

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are the much-loved alumni of the Cambridge Footlights. Rachel Weisz also began her acting career at Cambridge with her theatrical group Talking Tongues which was awarded the Student Drama Award at the Fringe Festival. Leeds Tealights were crowned the Best Student Sketch Group in 2010 whose alumni include the likes of Patrick Turpin and Jack Barry.

Yes, university is where it all kicks off, where creative minds meet and explore and tap dance. Although, famous Manchester University drop-out Jack Whitehall didn’t do too badly.

And who knows? It could be you with five star reviews at next year’s Fringe Festival. Who needs Sylvia Young!?

Drama Geeks

http://www.thedailytouch.com/entertainment/theatre-lit/you-dont-have-to-go-to-sylvia-young-to-make-it-on-stage/

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