Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland

Year of Course: 3

 

About You

I am a Black Belt in Taekwondo, having gained my First Dan (Black Belt rank) in September 2014. I play the guitar, the trumpet and, most recently, the banjo, and went to Kentucky to play for a month in 2011. I have a big board game collection at home and really enjoy sitting down to game with a group of friends and a nice mug of tea.  

After I left college education, I worked on and off for several years before deciding I wanted to expand my skills and gain new confidence in my ability to work. I looked at a number of universities that offered similar courses, but QMU stood out due to its high reputation and recommendation from friends and colleagues.

I have come to Edinburgh numerous times for visiting family, and loved the city. The first opportunity I got to live and work there, I jumped at the chance. 

Living Away from Home

I am living in a flat in Edinburgh with my girlfriend. I couldn’t be without my guitar (stress control and enjoying music), my tea mug (relaxing and just enjoying tea) and my laptop (keeps me up to date with news and people).

The very few sunny days we have had in Edinburgh have been wonderful. Seeing the city look so beautiful and seeing everyone basking in the sun feel so great. I’ve found a little café just down on Canongate called ‘Tabletop Café’ - friendly staff, nice food and a whole bunch of board games in store to play.

"I have had the chance to develop my screen acting abilities, which I previously had no experience in, and this is has been excellent in furthering my development and understanding of text and a whole new medium of acting."
Jamie Adams

The Course

Learning about a wealth of theatre practitioners such as Uta Hagan and Augusto Boal, their theories and how to put them into practice has been really enriching for me and has given me a greater variety of tools to approach acting and character work. I have had the chance to develop my screen acting abilities, which I previously had no experience in, and this is has been excellent in furthering my development and understanding of text and a whole new medium of acting.

My advice for prospective students of Acting for Stage and Screen is this: you’ll work your socks off, and things will get stressful, but it will all be worth it

I plan to hopefully get a contract with a professional theatre company, and if that doesn’t work out, I hope to teach acting workshops either in Glasgow or Edinburgh, or wherever people will have me.

Life as a Student at QMU

Being a ‘deadline junkie’ doesn’t usually work for this kind of work. Plan, prepare and get stuff done on time (preferably before time). But, most importantly, enjoy yourself. Enjoy the university, enjoy the facilities and enjoy the fact you are learning every day and carry that past graduation into life.