Nineteen-year-old HND Acting and Performance student Rebecca Thomson will be performing alongside her classmates in the production of The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price, a fictionalisation of the true story of American soldier Bradley Manning.
“Being involved in the performance of this piece has been incredible. I’ve really enjoyed learning about the life of the main character and I’m looking forward to bringing their story to the stage. Preparations for the show have been going relatively smoothly and we are so ready to show what we’ve been working on to the audience.
Rehearsals have been a real team effort. Since the beginning of May, we’ve met every weekday at 8.15am for a morning run before heading to rehearsals until around 5pm. We’ve put so much time and energy into the production and have given it everything.
I’m really excited to perform as part of Glow festival 2018, I can’t wait to see people’s reactions to what we’ve come up with. There are so many powerful moments in the show which we haven’t shown to anyone so it feels great that we’re finally going to be able to.
Throughout the year we’ve learned a variety of skills which we’re using in this final performance. During my time on the course I’ve gained so much confidence and that is thanks to the incredible teaching which has allowed my acting and performance skills to continue to grow. I’ve learned how to critique myself more and to understand where I’m going wrong and how to fix it. More importantly I’ve learned how to compliment myself and recognise my strengths as an actor.
We are so lucky in PASS to have an incredible team of lecturers supporting us at every turn, all of whom are lovely and have supported me and my classmates so much. I’d like to specifically thank our lecturer Ashling, who has directed the show. It’s hard to put into words how much Ashling has done for us and how much we all appreciate her, so I won’t try to, but she’s been amazing. We’ve become so close as an ensemble, including Ashling, and I couldn’t have dreamed of a more talented, funnier, weirder group of people to spend my days with.
I’ve learned so much being at Edinburgh College – coming out of high school with an advanced higher in drama, I was a bit tentative about taking on the NC (which is a lower grade level) but I learnt more on that course about acting than I ever had before. This has consistently ran into my HND course this year, and I can only imagine it will do so again as I go into year 2 of the course.”