The “moment we found out about Delhi” is still probably for me, and the rest of my class, the most excited any of us have ever been. I study BA Musical Theatre at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and on this one particular day we were in a class about creating an online actor’s CV, as interesting as it sounds.
Our head of year then interrupted the class. He asked us to demonstrate our computer skills by finding where the Commonwealth Handover Ceremony would take place this year. After a typing frenzy we came to realise it would be held in Delhi. He then told us we would all be going to perform at it. Then ensued about 1-2 hours of screaming, phoning friends and family to tell them, hugging everyone in sight and some more screaming.
I personally did not know much about the whole event beforehand but after Cristina briefed my class and the BA Modern Ballet class in a meeting I very quickly began to realise the size and scale of the performance we were to put on and more importantly why. It is, without sounding like a cliché, an honour to be part of an event like this, representing my country to the rest of the world. To be chosen to go is such a privilege and I honestly don’t think I’ll ever have an opportunity like this again in my life.
As a result, I am now on a 24/7 buzz! At Orientation, for me, it began to actually seem more like a real project as opposed to this insane trip to the other end of the World. I can now see the vast scale and the calibre of people involved. We will be working with people who are literally the best in the world at what they do. Which is mental! When I saw clips of the team’s previous work I honestly couldn’t believe I was going to be part of something so incredible. However, I am now starting to think seriously what it is we’re going to do.
I guess all will be revealed come Bootcamp. I really have no idea what to expect... I am obviously very excited to be part of this project; it really is a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. The reasons for this are obvious; I get to represent my country to the rest of the world doing what I love. I also get to see Delhi. This is particularly significant to me as my dad went to live in India when he was my age. He said it was one of the most wonderful things he has ever done and that one day I have to go and see why. So now I have a chance to see what he is going on about… I am thrilled to be a part of this, only downside is that I have to wait until October to go.