This week, new member Andrew Byrne talks about his experience with DYT, what its meant to him, and why you should try it too!
As part of my work experience with my new drama teacher Christina at Droichead Youth I’ve had to compose a post for the blog. And what better to write about than my experience as a new member to DYT? I should begin by saying I have a long past in drama, from the age of five I have been attending the Little Duke where I’ve studied Speech, Drama and Dance and completed many exams with the Royal Irish Academy at a high level. The Little Duke was great and opened so many doors for me but there is a huge contrast between its style and that of DYT. Over the past few years I heard about DYT from many of my friends who go there. It sounded interesting but I had neither the time to join another drama group, nor the desire to leave the one I was in (The Little Duke just meant too much to me).
So when I started TY I saw a great opportunity to take hold of. I finally had time to sample DYT and see what it was like. So I saved up so I could pay for one (very reasonably priced) term, and joined in September of last year. Although I’ve only been there for a short time, it has honestly been one of the best experiences of my life. DYT is like nothing I’ve ever done before. It’s a completely new experience, which I am all the better for having taken part in. It’s a friendly, inclusive environment and I feel right at home there. There’s a freedom of expression and everyone gets an input into the work we do. All ideas are taken on board and given a chance so that all decisions are group ones that everyone is happy with. I honestly look forward to every Friday night just so I can go to class. It is completely new for me. Even though I love the Little Duke and nothing can replace the years I spent there, the friendships I’ve developed and the doors it has opened for me, DYT is a completely different experience and I love it all the more for it. It teaches drama through a different style, one that is freer and allows for more enjoyment to be had in between work. If you are considering joining drama, whatever your age, I highly recommend DYT!
And that’s not to mention our most fabulously brilliant teacher Christina (whom I feel I must include) that I absolutely adore for so many reasons. From her hard work and care for every one of her students to her ability to get up and sing and dance with you to a Disney musical soundtrack. She not only makes you feel welcome but feel like you are more than just another student to her, like you are actually her friend. I cannot stress how important it is to be able to have this relationship with your teacher as it makes you feel more comfortable and able to freely share your ideas without fear of embarrassing yourself or being judged.
In short; I am in love with DYT and everything about it. From it’s very odd set of rules (which includes no biting, climbing out windows, or chopping your finger off in doors) to its judgment free, familial atmosphere. I’m looking forward to what I hope will be a very long and enjoyable future here with all the new friends I’ve made and can’t wait to see what comes next!
-From DYT, with love,
Andrew Byrne ^-^ xx
With Christmas just gone and the stockings filled, a whole slew of parents who weren’t cool enough to go to the cinema are now getting to experience the magic of Frozen for the first time. This week we have Blaithin Phelan Curtis telling us about some brewing controversy surrounding the flick’s signature ballad.
Let it Go is as memorable as it is unavoidable. Between singalongs and covers, it’s amassed over 1 billion YouTube views, and both the single and soundtrack to the movie were top ten hits around the world. The lyrics of the song itself are innocent, but with fame comes controversy and I’ve been hearing about a large amount of adults (let’s face it, parents mostly) who have decided that the song sexualises the heroine, Elsa.
The story goes that Elsa’s attire and powers are symbolic of her reflects her current emotions and state of being. So, in the beginning of the film, when Elsa wore a modest dark green dress, with her hair in a neat bun, she was careful, quiet and composed, afraid to let anyone see how she felt. When she leaves Arendale because of the “damage” caused, she realises that on her own, she can express her emotions without hurting anyone.
Let it Go is the realisation of this freedom and then some. By the end of the song, Elsa throws away her crown (a metaphor for responsibility) and takes out her bun making her hair attractive and less proper. People claim that, coupled with the “suggestive” lyrics like “That perfect girl is gone”, Elsa’s new attire sexualises her character, and indeed, the most notable change was her dress. Her dress became an icy colour, sequined with snowflakes. The dress shows off her figure and has a daring thigh-high slit.
I personally don’t see the problem. When my sister watches Frozen, she doesn’t think Elsa is “too sexy” for embracing herself and her body. She sees a princess with amazing abilities who doesn’t want to hurt people. If we’re to follow the logic being used here, where the main character’s clothes and powers symbolises her state of mind, the arguments begin to fall apart. To complain about this song reinforcing gender norms is missing the point. Elsa’s singing because she doesn’t have to care what you think of her dress any more.
As for the actual lyrics, I didn’t see anything sexual or “influential” in them at all, at least not in a bad way. The lyrics were about being the freedom to be happy with yourself and your imperfections, to be able to express yourself knowing you don’t have to worry about people’s expectations. After all, we’re talking about a movie that broke out against expectations of women. It would be a shame to forget what this film is really about. Independence, and being happy without fear, and knowing that this doesn’t mean being afraid to ask for help when you need it.