Katie Marrin

Degree: BA (Hons) Theatre & English Literature

Why did you choose LICA?

I love the collaborative and experimental theme to LICA. It’s a department that doesn't simply copy the art of the past, but it uses that art to create new art work whilst providing a space for students to work across disciplines (particularly in first year) in order to explore their own interests.

What has been the best part of your course so far?

Most definitely the broad spectrum studied - I've studied and explored from Shakespeare up to Forced Entertainment, who I saw live last week! It provides you with such a range of knowledge so that you can find the area that most interests you rather than being exposed to only a small niche.

What do you do outside of your degree, for instance, are you involved in any societies or work part time?

I'm part of LUTG (Lancaster University Theatre Group) and am currently involved in a show, 'Blood Brothers' with them which is so exciting! I am also part of Disney Society, and the Culture Society where I can learn Italian and I often take part in Psychology experiments as well. There is so much to do in Lancaster!

What’s ‘Lancaster Life’ like?

For a small city, the arts scene at Lancaster is insane! There is always so much going on, with the on campus theatre and gallery as well as multiple theatres in town you can never be bored as an arts student. There is a real sense of community to Lancaster, which I haven't felt anywhere else. 

Any advice for LICA applicants?

Make sure you apply for something you love - because you have to be prepared to work hard! But if you love what you do, the battle is half won. Also be ready to push yourself and to be open to new forms of practice that you won't have experienced before - but that's a good thing!