In 199,1 August 2, in New Cross South London there was a shift in the atmosphere. Some people ignored the feeling, but I arrived.
Dysfunction and misfit was sort of life. I was told my Gran didn't want me and my mum didn't love me but luckily, I was the apple of my dad's eye - sadly he was sent away from me.
and Music saved me
oh, and I had a great smile
I wanted to help others way before I knew anything. I knew I would never work in an office. I knew I was good at bringing people together. I knew that acting was fun, and I knew deep down, that drama could be used to find value. Real purpose and value. I knew it gave an experience like nothing else on this earth, a safe place to experiment with feelings, to play, to connect to others and a place to be vulnerable together and really explore. I'm happy to say I set up street theatre, a company called True Productions.
I needed to become a master in this great stuff. I was gay, I was dyslexic, I was not white British, I had no family anchor and I needed to make a mark. I volunteered to help sustain development in health and education in the rural districts of South India with the International Citizen Service. The project I did was called Restless Development.
I was restless! Yes, I was restless. So I went back to India again, but this time, I went alone, and it was my first try at teaching Diversity. I could teach them and oh my god they taught me more than I could ever have imagined. I set up a campaign. I returned to India for the fourth time, but this time I took volunteers on a six-week programme. We worked with a care home fostering neglected children. It involved their care home and the parents in the villages.
At this point, I knew when I got back to the UK, I had to seriously take on the world of Drama Therapy. I just knew it and I applied with such certainty that I would get a place on a Master’s course in Drama Therapy at the world's leading Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. In 2017, three days before Christmas as I had predicted ... I was accepted. I was going to change lives forever.
Right now, I know I am destined to do great things despite the many challenges I face. The challenges I have in the second-year student on this master’s course have made me stronger, but it is hard, and I won't let situations like this ever stop me right now.
This is where I have to share with you that I need funding for the final year of my course.
I have completed year 1 of my MA Drama and Movement Therapy and done really well, and the fundraising is about pushing through for the 2nd year. I am ready to work as soon as I can but I just need help to complete the studies or I will have to leave. I need to maintain my Jungian analyst therapy and group therapy and must be fit, physically and mentally. If you can help me I'd be so grateful.
If you can help I can stay at the university,
if I can stay at university then I guarantee you I will change lives!
I will tell you what I do with it and I know that with your support I can move mountains and make magic!
Thank you very sincerely,
Nikita McGillivray Da’Silva