Whilst producing fantastic shows is a big part of the DCU’s activities, we also recognise that there are some exceptionally talented individuals on the Island who may need a little help to to pursue their studies in the Arts.  The DCU Bursary was devised as an opportunity to provide an annual Bursary to support the development of local residents pursuing further education in drama, dance, music and theatre.  The Bursary is intended to aid funding to study any aspect of theatre at college or university, be it on-stage or off.  The Bursary is available for anyone up to the age of 25 and you do not have to be a member of the Society to apply.

For the year 2017-2018, there were so many worthy applicants that two young people were selected to benefit from the DCU Bursary.  Laura and Bethany have taken some time out of their busy studies to tell us how they have benefitted from receiving the Bursary.

Laura Pigott – Guildford School of Acting

“The DCU have helped me in so many ways.  Receiving the help from their fantastic bursary scheme has helped me purchase the appropriate dance attire, books, sheet music and attend extra dance classes in a variety of different styles.

Their support has been great, and they are always so welcoming when I am back in the holidays!  To be able to move away and train at the Guildford School of Acting on a 3 year BA Hons Degree programme has been an absolute dream come true and the DCU are to thank for that!  The hours and work required is so tough but 100% worth it, and all the better knowing the Island is behind you too.  A beautiful, kind-hearted an hard working cast and crew; all willing to go above and beyond for those who aspire to train professionally in the UK.

I cannot thank the DCU enough and if anyone wants to go across and train in any part of the Arts, I highly recommend applying for the DCU Bursary.”

Bethany Magee – Guildford School of Acting

“With the help and backing of the DCU I have been able to enjoy the amazing facilities and opportunities at the Guildford School of Acting during my Masters Degree in Directing.

During the second semester, I get to partake in a professional placement within the industry, however, travel and accommodation must be self-funded.  Therefore without the DCU I wouldn’t have been able to have this fantastic opportunity.  The DCU are very supportive of those interested in theatre production or developing their creativity and I would highly recommend the DCU Bursary to anyone interested in studying any aspect of theatre.

Thank you to the DCU for helping my dream of going to Drama School become a reality and enabling me to be one step closer to a career in directing.