outside of institutions

So perhaps we need to think about the future in new ways (because how else could one think about the future?). Perhaps we need to think about learning about theatre outside of institutions.

– Save Falmouth University’s BA Theatre Course from closure

On 28 January 2015 the closure of Falmouth University BA (Hons) Theatre Course was confirmed. The quote above is from a statement sent to everyone who signed the online petition in a last-ditch effort to save the programme. I wasn’t able to find a link to the statement online so have pasted it below in full.

Universities have well and truly tipped over into being sausage-making factories.

Dear friends, supporters, believers-in-better-outcomes,

We’re going to start and end this email by saying thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you for your name on our list of names. When we printed that out we had to go to the shop for more paper because it was 66 pages long and that made us punch the air and feel hopeful against closures and bureaucracy and ‘the odds’.

Thank you for your emails. Thank you for saying, ‘is there anything I can do to help?’ and then helping.

Thank you for writing statements, for sharing our petition on facebook, for tweeting and phoning friends. Thank you for expressing your feelings in eloquent, and angry, and passionate, and upsetting, and beautiful ways.

Thank you for not wanting this course to close.

Thank you for caring. Because there’s a lot of online petitions out there, and we ignore most of them too.

Now, we wish, at this point (in the middle of our thank you sandwich) we could say “thanks to your efforts, Falmouth have reconsidered their decision”.

But unfortunately they haven’t, and we can’t. And although we would like to not have to write this, it feels important that you know.

On 28th January the notice of cessation of the Falmouth University BA (Hons) Theatre Course was confirmed, despite our best efforts. Applications to the course will remain closed on Falmouth & UCAS’s websites. The University is culling a beautiful thing.

So perhaps we need to think about the future in new ways (because how else could one think about the future?). Perhaps we need to think about learning about theatre outside of institutions. Perhaps we need to think about other ways that we can ensure there are places for young, curious people to go, when they’ve just had their mind blown by a kind of theatre they never knew existed. Where do we go from here? We don’t know yet, but we’re thinking about it.

BA (hons) Theatre taught us to keep asking questions, and keep trying to change things. And we will. So perhaps it’s not a Lost Course after all.

Thank you again for all of your support and words and names. We’re sorry about this email. Keep asking questions and keep changing things.

Not A Lost Course x

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