Theatre is less common nowadays, especially in today’s age. However, there are universities that still provide theatre courses from time to time. Throughout the years, these classes have been filled with students. Have you ever wondered why theatre is still relevant in today’s age?
Today we have Nazlifashamin, known by the nickname Min, who has seen major growth in herself after completing her Diploma in Theatre at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). Min is here to tell us why theatre is still relevant today, as well as answer questions that many people often wonder about theatre.
When Min first started her course, confusion often ran through her head. Questions like “Will I only learn how to act?” popped up repeatedly. As Min went through more classes, she realized that she has learned a lot of things. She stated that she didn’t need to pursue wood-working classes or a diploma in fashion because both of those skills were learnt in her theatre course.
“The reason why theatre is still relevant is because we learn everything,” Min exclaimed.
Nazlifashamin (In the middle) performing Uda dan Dara
She also mentioned how there’s a saying for people majoring in theatre; it can humanize people. She admits that it is true even though there are struggles that all theatre students have to go through, such as long hours of practice for multiple shows happening around the same time.
“The best way to handle those struggles is by making sure that you have fun,” Min advised.
Confidence is also something that can be built up in theatre. Min talks about how rare it is to find a theatre student being nervous during an interview, as they have been trained to be confident in front of large crowds. She also explains how theatre is all about management as well.
“I mean, theatre does not have anything specific. Every single thing plays its role.”
Nazlifashamin practising her script
Nazlifashamin in Uda dan Dara
Not many people know this, but theatre is still significant in the Malaysian art scene. If theatre studies were discontinued, there would not be prominent local actors such as Beto or Fauziah Nawi. Aside from that, people would not be able to be proud of this traditional form of art in the near future.
Min encourages everyone to join theatre, especially those who have been wanting to do so. Theatre coaches everyone to be mentally and physically strong. You shouldn’t be worried about your skills as you will learn and grow throughout the process.
“Go for it. Just go for it.” Min suggested. This is definitely a sign to those who are reading this article to go and pursue their passion for theatre. So, what are you waiting for?
By: Banafsya Amiruddin