Why study drama? There is the excitement of watching and performing live theatre and film. Plays are about people – all of us – what drives us forward, defeats us or makes us laugh. Theatre, film, television, radio, advertising and publicity are big employers in the 21st century. The themes we study in drama influence all performance art, as well as the science of commercial manipulation. But drama is not just for aspiring advertisers, directors, writers and actors. Doctors present work in public; teachers perform before an audience; managers persuade groups of corporate colleagues; lawyers sway judges and juries. The confidence to stand and deliver in public comes with practice. Drama is an excellent place to start.