Madeline talks about being a part of Creation Drama club and how for her it is “A place where (SHE) can just be…”
I started Creation Theatre almost five years ago, in 2015, when I was eleven. In all truth, I don’t remember much about my first class with Creation, just that I came away feeling better than when I started and that I had a sense that whatever this drama club was – I was going to have a lot of fun doing it.
I have done a fair number of shows during my years at Creation. The very first one was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. And the only thing I remember from it was having to say the line, ‘Do you mean sex?’ As an eleven-year-old, this was absolutely the funniest thing in the world and saying it in front of my parents during the end show was stupidly exhilarating. Along with that I’ve done Narnia, Carrie’s War, Blue Remembered Hills – though I may be, ironically, remembering the name wrong – Macbeth, Animal Farm and Red Riding Hood. And out of that lot, Red Riding Hood would have to be my very favourite. Maybe I’m biased because it’s the most recent one I’ve done and, therefore, the freshest in my mind but it was such a fantastic experience. The show was done at North Wall, on a proper stage with lighting and sound effects. It really brought the show to life. Being with all my acting buddies backstage, celebrating a successful show with them just made me grin from ear to ear. And Red Riding Hood was a production I was genuinely proud of. But those plays are only the ones I’ve done with my drama club.
Creation Theatre is fantastic in many ways, but one of them is that they give drama clubbers, like me, the opportunity to audition and participate in their Christmas shows. And I’ve been lucky enough to successfully be part of every Christmas show I’ve been eligible for. The four shows I did with Creation were some of the best times of my life. I still remember, four years ago, doing Treasure Island and meeting the main cast for the first time and just thinking, wow! These guys are so cool. But it took until my fourth, and sadly final, Christmas show – Peter Pan – for me to fully realise that acting was something I seriously, seriously wanted to consider for my future. And that’s all thanks to Creation. So, I’d have to say that Peter Pan was my favourite show I did with this drama company, simply because it was what really highlighted the joy of acting for me.
Most people probably think Creation Theatre is just a drama company. But I can say from personal experience that it is so much more than that. As someone who struggles with anxiety that can get so bad it hugely impacts my day-to-day life, going to Creation Theatre helps me cope. It’s a place where I can just be. A place where I get to breathe, be with some of my very best friends and do something I’m honestly passionate about. I’ve met some of the most brilliant people at Creation, too. Ranging from talented actors and teachers, to fellow drama students, to the people who run Creation itself. And every single one of those people has either taught me something new and wonderful or been a kind friend to me or both! I think Creation Theatre has done so much for me and impacted me so deeply, putting it into the right words isn’t something I could do.
The future is a crazy, scary thing to think about, especially when you’re a kid like me who has to decide what they want to do with theirs. In five years’ time, I’ll be twenty but, even then, I still think Creation will be a part of my life. I can see myself working in their drama clubs, doing front of house – loyally – every year for the Christmas shows and attending as many performances as I can. But even if I can’t do that, the things Creation has done for me now will continue to impact me and change me in the future. And I look forward to seeing where the things I’ve learned with Creation will take me.
Madeline, Creation Theatre superstar!
If you’re looking for a school holiday activity in Oxford, enrol the kids onto our School of Creativity this summer for seven weeks of theatrical workshops and masterclasses for young people aged 6 –19.
From 15 July, running throughout summer in :
– d’Overbroeck’s, Leckford Place
– St Andrew’s Church, Linton Road
– Wolvercote School, First Turn
– Headington Baptist Church, Old High Street
Or call the box office on 01865 766266