The “Theatre Degree” Stigma



A few things have happened recently that have awoken the little voice inside my head that likes to come out and rant every now and then. The constant threat of funding cuts to the arts and the disappearance of subjects such as Music and Drama from GCSE option boxes across the country are just two of the reasons why I wanted to write this post. Recently, my friend Sophie performed an autobiographical piece about the injustice that undercurrents the education system, in terms of the prejudice that surrounds Theatre as both a subject and a potential career path. Her ‘political rant’ resonated a lot with me, making me think about the many times I’ve been made to feel slightly (I hate to say it but) ashamed of my choice to study Theatre at university.

When it came to choosing my degree subject almost 3 years ago now (oh my gaaaad, where has the time gone?!) there was an obvious winner in my mind from the outset. Yes, I attended Law talks at Warwick and even a Psychology open day at Cambridge, but my heart always led me back to Theatre. Anyone who knows me will understand how important a role the theatre has played in my life and these are the people who have never once questioned my decision to further my education in this field. That being said, there is definitely a prominent stigma around studying for a Theatre degree or particularly around the people who study for a Theatre degree and that it something I have always found ridiculous.

Historically, the subject of Theatre Studies has been branded as “fluffy” and has yet to be viewed on the same level in terms of difficulty as other more traditional subjects, such as Geography or Maths. Therefore, the assumption that the people studying for a Theatre degree are “less academic” and “less able” has been cemented amongst the minds of the majority. However, the stereotype that someone who enjoys learning about the theatre industry is less intelligent than someone who enjoys studying continental drift or trigonometry is honestly absurd to me. If I had a pound for the amount of times I’ve received a patronising “oh, how nice” or “oh, so do you want to be like an actress or something?” after revealing that I study Theatre at university, I would be a veeeeery rich gal.

People don’t seem to understand that my course is academic (trust me, at times it is too academic!!!). I’m still submitting essays at the end of every module, reading ridiiiiiiculous amounts of academic writing each week and attending seminars and workshops. On top of this, I am rehearsingBeing a theatre student, you are not only assessed theoretically but also practically which comes with the assumption that you will carry out a set number of hours as ‘rehearsal time’. Quite honestly, I think I spend 90% of my life rehearsing for something or other (and that is not me being an overdramatic drama student, I promise). I would absolutely loooove to invite the people who have this preconception of Theatre as a subject to sit in on one of my seminars and give their opinion on how phenomenology affects an audience’s experience or how romanticism conformed to or subverted the avant-garde movement towards postmodernism (literally just throwing all the big words that I know at you now lol).

It really does sadden me that I feel as if I have to justify my decision to study a subject that I love to other people who are too quick to judge. Theatre makes me happy. Theatre interests me. Theatre makes me want to learn. So, why shouldn’t I study for a degree in it? Because it’s not ‘academic’? Because I’m ‘never going to get a real job’? Or because I’ll ‘never have a stable income’? My response to these questions is one of self-fulfilment in the sense that I know for a fact that whatever job I do end up doing, in whichever part of the industry I decide to go into, I’ll be doing it because I love it, not because I have to be doing it. Whilst this may be an unpopular opinion of the minority, I would much rather live a life where I’m potentially not always in a constant flow of work, but when I am working it’s doing something that I’m passionate about, rather than being stuck in a 9-5 office job that I absolutely despise. I find it so disheartening when I hear people say “you’re not supposed to love your job…that’s why it’s called work,” because, honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with wanting to enjoy what you do.

Another thing that really makes me laugh is that the people who undermine Theatre as a career choice will have a favourite film, or a favourite book, or will enjoy going to watch the pantomime at Christmas, or a musical on Broadway, or will watch every ITV drama under the sun. What they don’t seem to understand is that THEATRE PEOPLE HAVE MADE THESE THINGS HAPPEN!! The industry is one that brings constant enjoyment to the lives of (may be generalising here but I’m going to roll with it) everyone, or has done at least once in their lifetime. That’s why it makes me so sad that as theatre students, it feels like we’re fighting this constant battle to defend our subject to those so quick to undermine it.

I feel as if I have fully just word-vommed onto the page but I thought it was important to fight my little corner about a subject I’m super passionate about and love with allllll ma heart.

(Also just want to take a few words to defend all my fellow Theatre guys and gals. The people that I study with and others that I know who study elsewhere are honestly some of the best, most intelligent people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Their creativity is OFF THE SCALE and their knowledge literally pours out of them every time they speak. All the love ever).


September Faves

Faves, Lifestyle

What I Wore: Black Cropped Wide Leg Trousers


Throughout September, I’ve been loving wearing my black wide-legged trousers from Miss Selfridge. I’m pretty sure these were around the £25.00 mark which I thought was amazing for trousers of such good quality. They’re super comfy but also look smart so you’re basically winning at life when wearing them. You can wear them dressed-up (as pictured) or can throw on a cute cropped t-shirt and converse for a more day-to-day outfit. I definitely think these trousers were an investment piece that I can always come back to and rely on if I’m in need of a quick, super cute outfit. Yaaaaaaas to these.

What I Watched: RuPaul’s Drag Race (for the second time)

I’ve always been a big fan of Drag Race, having watched every season religiously on Netflix. However, I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the show and have been re-watching every single season. I’m currently on season 8. Some of my fave Queens from all of the seasons are Raja, Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Adore, Pearl, Violet Chachki and Naomi Smalls.  It’s such an easy show to watch when I’m just chilling in my room or to have on in the background when I’m getting ready. Loooooove it.

What I Listened To: Dua Lipa / Hamilton

This past month I’ve become completely obsessed with Dua Lipa. Whenever I’m listening to music, it will be her album I’m playing. My faves are IDGAF and No Goodbyes. She’s also so gorg I actually cannot cope and her acoustic covers are INSANE.

From an MT perspective, I’ve been loving Hamilton. I know I’m very late to the party but I honestly couldn’t make myself love it when it was first around (and I tried so hard!!!). But NOW, I am actually too in love with the soundtrack. My fave songs at the moment have to be Satisfied, Burn and Say No To This.

What I Read: Colleen Hoover

During September, I went on two holidays to Portugal meaning I had loaaaaaads of time to read again (which made me very happy). I’ve read a few books by Colleen Hoover before and knew I enjoyed them so wanted to get my hands on some of her other novels. The two I particularly enjoyed were ‘Maybe Someday’ and ‘Confess’.

What I Used: Backstage Lashes


This month I purchased some falsies from the brand ‘Backstage Lashes’ for the first time. I wasn’t too sure what to expect as the products retail at £6.00 a pair but I’d heard lots of good things. I bought the pairs Chelsea and Soho and I was very pleasantly surprised. Both lashes lasted the entire night on a night out without having to be re-glued and the band is thin so, not only are they easy to apply, they look like they could actually be your lashes. For £6.00 each I would 100% recommend this brand – I will most definitely be purchasing some more.

What I Did:




I hope you’ve all had a lovely September – mine has been pretty crazy as always!! I just want to apologise for the lack of posts recently (I’m the actual worst) – I’ve moved back to uni now so they should be coming more regularly again. I have some exciting Autumnal-themed posts planned so keep an eye out!!


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August Faves

Faves, Lifestyle

What I Wore: Oversized MOTO Blue Denim Jacket

Although this is quite a basic piece, it has recently become a staple in my wardrobe. This jacket retails at £45 in Topshop but I managed to snag it for £22 in the sale (a moment I am still very proud of!!). The reason I’ve been loving this jacket so much is that it literally goes with ANY outfit. Going out for a meal? Pair it with a skirt and cute t-shirt. Having a chill day? Wear it with joggers and trainers (as pictured). I just love the look it gives an outfit and I’m currently looking into purchasing the same jacket but in black. Looooove this.

What I Watched: How To Get Away With Murder

I realise I’m super late on the bandwagon with loving this show but it’s been on my Netflix list for ages and I’ve finally had the chance to start watching it…and I am completely obsessed. If you know me you’ll know I love anything crime-related, be that documentaries or films so I find the criminal law aspect of the show fascinating. I’ve wanted to find a series for so long that grips me in the way that Pretty Little Liars did (well the first 5 seasons, the rest were questionable!!) and I have finally found that. I would 100% recommend this show to anyone looking for something new to watch that is gripping and leaves you clicking the ‘skip to next episode’ WAY before the 10 second time limit is up (lol this is me). If that isn’t reason enough, the show also features Viola Davis who is a freaking QUEEN.

What I Read: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus

As with TV shows, I’d hit a bit of a lull with reading. I had been unable to find any books that piqued my interest…until I read this one. One Of Us Is Lying is the debut novel by Karen M McManus. It centres around four students: Addison, Nate, Cooper and Bronwyn. The book begins in detention where all four of these students have ended up coincidentally..including a fifth student named Simon. Simon is the writer of an ‘anonymous’ blog that leaks students’ secrets that are circulating through their high school. During detention, Simon dies suddenly, leaving Addison, Nate, Cooper and Bronwyn prime suspects to what is classified as a murder.

I thought this book would be pretty average but I ended up finishing it on the train journey home the same day it was purchased. It really was a page-turner and was something a little different to what I usually read. I will definitely be purchasing Karen M McManus’ next novel.

What I Listened To: Julia Michaels / Taylor Swift

Album-wise, I’ve been listening to Julia Michaels’ Nervous System. I’ve always loved the singles she has released so thought I’d give her album a nosey. It’s your typical girly album with empowering lyrics that are impossible not to sing along to. My fave songs would have to be Just Do It and Pink. 

I have also been listening to Taylor Swift’s new song, Look What You Made Me Do. My friend Katie and I absolutely loooove Taylor Swift so I was really excited for the release of her new song. Whilst I didn’t initially LOVE it, it has definitely grown on me and I cannot waaaaait for the album in November.

What I Used: Makeup Geek Eyeshadows


In the month of August, I FINALLY purchased my own Z Palette and have started filling it with Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I’m completely obsessed with the formula and the way the shadows blend together…definitely some of my favourite shadows. Some of the shades I’ve been reaching for the most have to be Chickadee (warm yellow), Mango Tango (orangey-red) and Morocco (deeper orangey-red). These shadows retail at £4.95 per pan on Beauty Bay so I will warn you that although it may seem like you’re not spending much…the total soon adds up (as my bank account sadly found out!!). I can’t wait to complete my little Z Palette and move onto the next one.

What I Did:

I know I say this every month, but August has honestly been pretty mad: I finished my summer job (yay!!), took one of my besties – Allie – to see The Book Of Mormon in London for her birthday and then watched Half A Sixpence with my Mom. I then celebrated my 19th birthday and performed in my final show with my MT company back at home (veeeeery emotional) and I had the best time. Moreover, it is fiiiiiiiinally time for my family holiday to Portugal, which is why this blog post is actually going up a little early. So, I’m super excited for that!!! Although August has been amazing, I am really looking forward to September as I LOVE AUTUMN and I get to see all my little uni friends again…SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!

I hope you’ve had a lovely August!!


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June Faves

beauty, fashion, Faves, GIRLS, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

What I Wore: Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings came into my life towards the end of June when I saw two of my friends wearing them and they looked FIT. I’m that annoying person who got my ears pierced at the age of 12 and have never worn earrings since (with the exception of Prom). I would never have dreamed in a million years that I would be a hoop-lover but here I am telling you all that that is the case. I find that they really dress up an outfit and help to frame my face…I honestly do think that anyone could pull them off. In the space of 2 weeks I have bought five pairs, varying in size and colour. They are definitely going to be a staple of my summer wardrobe. Watch this space!!!

What I Watched: Party of Five / Killer Women with Piers Morgan


This month I’ve been binging on Party of Five on Netflix. The series is essentially about a family of five children who have recently lost their parents, resulting in the oldest sibling (Charlie) having to take on the responsibly of running the family. It’s a relatively old series (I think 90s) and was originally created to take the slot of the OG Beverley Hills: 90210 on Fox in America. It deals with your typical teen drama topics: sex, drugs, family, relationships and sexuality to name a few. Whilst Party of Five is not my favourite show I’ve ever seen, it’s an easy watch which makes it quite enjoyable so I would definitely recommend if you’re in the market for a new Netflix series.

June also saw the return of Piers Morgan’s documentary series ‘Killer Women’. Whilst I realise that Morgan is an extremely controversial figure who I have very little respect for, I bloody love his documentaries…particularly this one. I’ve always been a lover of crime dramas and documentaries, trying to get into the mindset of criminals to figure out why they commit crimes is something that fascinates me. I also love true stories; so this show is perfect for me. Each episode focuses on one case and one ‘killer woman’. It outlines their story interweaving with an interview with Piers in present day. This programme has me hooked so I would 100% recommend!! (Thursdays @ around 9pm).

What I Read: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur


I bought a couple of new books in the month of June but this was the one I was most excited about. As a Theatre student, I looooove appreciating different forms of art and have recently become particularly interested in poetry. Rupi Kaur’s collection of poems, broken down into ‘The Hurting’, ‘The Loving’, ‘The Breaking’, ‘The Healing’ is honestly one of the most beautiful things I’ve read to date. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that I love about this book but I’ve read it around 5 times already, always finding a new favourite poem. Love love loooooove this!

What I Listened To: Lorde / Bonnie and Clyde


Oh my god. Lorde’s new album.

When Lorde first came on the scene, I cannot lie, I thought she was extremely overrated. I liked ‘Royals’ for a short while as it was in the charts but I really didn’t get the hype. Then her album dropped and I have been LIVING FOR IT. The songs are just so chill and so perfect for summer whilst also telling beautiful stories. Her sound is so distinctive and I’m turning into a massive fan. My fave songs at the moment are ‘The Louvre’ and ‘Perfect Places’. Definitely make sure to check it out if you haven’t!!!

From an MT point of view, I have been looooving the Bonnie and Clyde soundtrack. Not only are the songs amazing but the soundtrack features Jeremy Jordan as Clyde. I think that says it all. Perfection. My favourite songs are ‘Bonnie’ and ‘How ‘Bout A Dance’.


What I Used: Collection Lasting Perfection Correction Concealer in ‘Lemon’

As a lover of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, I was super excited when the colour correcting products were released. I picked up the shade ‘Lemon’ for £4.19 from Superdrug and it has quickly become one of my holy grail products. However, I don’t use this as a colour correcting product; I actually use it to carve out my brows and act as an under-brow highlight. I tend to put a tiny bit of powder highlighter on top of this but having the concealer acting as a base really helps my under-brow highlight to pop even more. I LOOOOOOVE THIS and will never go back to using normal concealer.

What I Did: 

June has actually been pretty crazy. I handed in my final piece of coursework at university which means I AM OFFICIALLY ON SUMMER!!!!!!! I had my Course Ball with all of my friends, went to see The Woman In Black with my gal Allie, went to Windsor, was reunited with my girls at home, performed in MTSoc’s Summer Showcase and went to watch Idina Menzel in concert. More recently, I have been staying in London for some amaaaaazing work experience that I’m super super grateful to have been given the opportunity to do.


What I’m Wearing: Dress – New Look (£27.99)



What I’m Wearing: Top – Zara (£4.99) 

I’m looking forward to an equally crazy July!!

G x

May Faves

GIRLS, Lifestyle

May has been a pretty hectic month for me; I’ve finished university for the summer (yay) so am finally able to relax! My first year of university has been more than I could have wished for but I’m super excited to get home and see my family and friends. This month I’ve tried a few new things so thought I’d share them with you.

What I Wore: Zara Mesh T-Shirt


After searching (for what felt like forever) for a pretty mesh t-shirt, I finally found one I liked in Zara. Paired with a black bralette, it looks super cute. I feel like it can be worn with a leather skirt, to be dressed up, or a pair of black jeans to achieve a more casual look (as seen above). I thought this top was an absolute steal, retailing at £12.99 but appearing so much more expensive. Definitely get your hands on one if you can!!

What I Watched: GIRLBOSS


My latest Netflix conquest was GIRLBOSS, starring Britt Robertson. The series tells the story of Sophia Amoruso in a modern rags-to-riches story, showing how she built her multi-million clothing company, Nasty Gal. The main thing I loved about this series was the female empowerment shown through the character of Sophia, who refused help from anyone, wanting her company to be her own. With only 13 episodes, I raced through the show (but luckily it has just been renewed for a second season). It was actually a lot funnier than I expected it to be and there was a bit of romance thrown in (which is always a winner). If you haven’t seen this yet, I would 100% recommend as it made me want to get my life together!!

What I Read: Miss You by Kate Eberlen


As I’ve been so busy this past month with university, I’ve had little time to read which is so sad. However, I have started reading ‘Miss You’ by Kate Eberlen and I’m enjoying it so far. The blurb reads:

Today is the first day of the rest of your life” is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even thought she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change for ever – but not in the way she expects. 

Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be. 

For one day, the paths of these two eighteen-year-olds will criss-cross before they each return to England. 

Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and chance, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly…or is there?

So far, the writing style of this book reminds me of David Nicholls’ “One Day” which I loved so hopefully this will not disappoint.

What I Listened To: KIM


During May, my friend Kim Mayes released her first EP on Spotify / Apple Music / iTunes…and I have been obsessed with it. The songs are so good that I genuinely would be recommending them even if I didn’t know Kim. She has such an individual sound but  is still really current; all five songs are amazing but my faves have to be Private and Worth. Definitely give her a listen, I’m super proud!!

What I Used: Clarins Supra Volume Mascara


Recently, I’ve become obsessed with wearing falsies on a night out…which has totally ruined my love of mascara as I feel I can never achieve the same effect. During the day, I’ve been using the Clarins Supra Volume Mascara and can 100% say it gives off the closest vibe to false lashes. It is super black, for starters, whilst it is also buildable from a natural look to a more volumised one. As Clarins is a high-end brand, the product does retail at £21.50 which I understand is raaaaaather pricey for a mascara. However, I can definitely vouch for this being worth the money so if you’re looking to splurge a little on some new makeup, definitely check this out!

What I Did: 


I hope May has been lovely for you!

G x