A master's course in ‘queer performance’ offered by a drama school has been branded a ‘Mickey Mouse degree’.
The Rose Bruford College in Sidcup, Kent, known for acting alumni including Gary Oldman and Tom Baker, plans to run the 15-month postgraduate course from September.
The course will include a module on ‘Thinking Queerly’, and will be led by ‘acclaimed scholar of drag’ Stephen Farrier. Costing £11,000 – international students will pay £18,000 – it is billed as the ‘first MA of its kind to focus on queer performance, [offering] training in a range of queer performance practices, delivered by renowned queer artists, theatre-makers, academics, and researchers’.
Conor Holohan, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, told the Telegraph: ‘Far too many Brits are taking up Mickey Mouse courses like these with few economic prospects.’
Sir John Hayes, of the Common Sense Group of Tory MPs, said: ‘Danny La Rue, Paul O’Grady and my particular favourite Barry Humphries didn’t need a degree to know how to dress and perform as a woman’.
Danny La Rue as the Merry Widow Twanky in Aladdin at the London Palladium