Profile - Alex Robins

Why did you choose to come to Exeter?

I am a playwright and performer currently working with the Theatre Royal Plymouth and with associated theatre groups, having co-founded their inaugural Lab Company, the Narwhal Ensemble. Looking to develop my writing skills, the high quality and reputation of the University of Exeter stood out.

Why have you chosen your subject of study?

The opportunity to pursue the MA course in Creative Writing, which has such an excellent and diverse range of modules, was especially enticing for me as I am looking to extend my practice as a writer into different forms.

What career aspirations do you have?

In the last year, I have been lucky enough to stage my first full play. My aspiration is to develop my skills and experience such that I can gain recognition and work as a playwright on a national level.

What will you be doing outside of study?

I am definitely looking to get engaged with the student society 'Theatre with Teeth'. Their 24 Hour Plays project sounds really interesting.

What does receiving this scholarship mean to you and how will it impact on your time at Exeter and beyond?

During the period of the course I will be working hard to engage with the academic and theatre communities in both Exeter and Plymouth. Without this funding support, which will assist hugely with the additional transport costs and allowing me the space and time to focus on the course, it is unlikely that I would have been able to take up this opportunity.