Britain and its place within the world is one thing, but I want to look at it from a different angle. What if that ‘world’ we talk about is already here in Britain, my world. What if many of the people that make up my ‘world’ are already here with me, international people. Can we have the world here with us already?
I know drama students who have lived around and between all different parts of the earth, from Romania, to America, and even Africa. These people don’t just open my mind to the world and help enlighten me, their inspiration upon me is insatiable. They have tales like no one else, and experiences seemingly only read about in stories. I know of a man who traveled the world on a boat, I know of a small time American town girl who dreams in Shakespeare, and even a girl whose elegance and grace in ballet went national.
I’m probably the most local person you could get to my school, I’m actually from the town East 15 is situated in, which is probably why I’m so frequently blown away by the determination and passion of international students. They’ve come so very, very far from home but they don’t laugh at me in a demeaning way for living so close compared to them. Not at all. The reality is, however, that it is easier for me. I can freely speak my own language when and as I please and no one bats an eye lid. For international students however, there must be a constant looming threat of getting something wrong; seeing as English is usually their second (or even seventh in some cases) language and all, and, in general, it’s a completely different country. I think it’s partly this that distinguishes them from other people, partly the fact that they’re just so damn lovely, but also they simply have such a talent that is, in my opinion, unparalleled by any other.
I’ve seen actors on the BA Acting course act and have been shocked by their capability, but when I see the internationals act in such a way that unifies them and pulls them together as a fully functioning company, with all the individual talent that’s there to give, there is nothing else I’d rather watch. They all grasp the sense of common ground within their traveling passion for their art, and all see that they’ve worked for what they have.
Sadly, it seems, this attitude is something even I have taken for granted, and something I feel people brought up in Britain should take on board. I have fought for my place on this course, while it is not as apparent as that of the international students it took me around five years to get onto the course I dreamed of. I fought equally as hard but don’t remind myself often enough what I fought for.
You take your home and family for granted and I think we all need to take on the lesson that I feel the internationals are giving us. My home is Britain, and my family is everyone in it. Especially the internationals. Without them, I wouldn’t have the inspiration I need to go on fighting for my art.