I am finishing my first year of the BA (Hons) Performing Arts and, during these two semesters, I discovered that Cambridge is an amazing place to study performing arts. And what better date to share with you the reasons why than World Theatre Day!
Reason 1: Venues
At a walking distance from ARU, you can find theatres and concert venues that present daily music events, student and professional touring theatre. There are also three cinemas in Cambridge – what is so great about those is that besides having on the films that just came out, they also do live screenings of plays, operas, musicals and ballets from venues like the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and many others and host different cinema experiences like silent films with live accompaniment and Q&As with industry professionals. Below you can find the list of these venues.
Performing arts venues in Cambridge that are walking distance from ARU:
Reason 2: Events
Art events happen all the year round in Cambridge – very often these are the best opportunities to network, see new writing, plays, concerts, and student projects, and get your creative juices flowing. You can see lots of performances for free and even be part of a wide range of workshops. The biggest events are The Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Buskers and Street Performers Festival and Cambridge Comedy Festival.
Reason 3: Opportunities for ARU students
ARU has amazing facilities for its art students to use. There are digital editing studios, television and recording studios, media loans and practice rooms with orchestral instruments. Covent Garden studio is a fully functional theatre where we have classes and can also rehearse for our projects.
The Mumford Theatre has the biggest stage in Cambridge. Tickets for performances cost £5 for all ARU students and every Friday at lunchtime the Mumford Theatre hosts free concerts open to everyone. Students may have the opportunity to work as trainee technicians or stewards.
The Students' Union and Performing Arts lecturers put a lot of effort into providing theatre trips and workshops for a very cheap price for students.
Reason 4: London
It only takes 45 minutes on a train to get to London from Cambridge station. While studying at ARU you should take the opportunity to go to London to see performances and participate in workshops.
As a Performing Arts, Drama or Film student it is very important that you see as many productions as you can. You will see wonderful performances, but seeing not-so-good ones is equally important and you can learn as much or maybe more with those. So my final advice is that you make the most of what Cambridge and ARU have to offer and don’t miss out on opportunities.