Colin’s voice must be heard on this issue, and we need to add ours. The Arts are not an expendable part of education, they are an essential part of education. To deprive the opportunity of study to hundreds of talented young people, who may grow up to enhance our lives, much as Colin done, is an injustice to all of us.
He makes a powerful point when he says:
The impact of cancelling this course will have a detrimental effect to all those young people, like me, who are trying to make a future and a career out of performance. What message is being sent here by cancelling the course? To me it’s a clear message of dissimal to the talent that exists in our country, it’s a denial of development, it’s an ignorance to the possibility of aspiration in the business and it’s a failure to support a vital and thriving industry which Northern Ireland is now benefitting from.
The knowledge that the opportunity to enable young people to even apply (and have the ability and confidence to apply) to drama school is now being cut off just seems ludicrous. Are we saying that it’s ok for major filming projects to come and film in Northern Ireland but our young people here aren’t worthy to be trained to be a part of it?
Higher education has often devolved into thinking that the Arts are not an essential part of study and can be dismissed out of hand, instead of being fought for. Music, Drama, Literature and Poetry have often been the first to go when budgets get tight. Their foresight is poor. It’s up to us who love and enjoy the insight and emotional complexity that the Performing Arts have brought us … it’s up to us to raise a loud, compelling, and unified shout when these decisions are being made.
God bless Colin for giving his now powerful voice to this issue. Join him.