Historically, theatre has been a marginalised activity within our culture-the order in which the above subheading has been set out is not an accidentand the history of the ways by which we have approached the education of students in these three disciplines reflects this inequality. Whereas music and visual art have been part of the state education system at all levels since at least the beginning of the twentieth century, drama remained confined to the private sector and to exclusive conservatoires concentrating on the training (as opposed to the educating) of actors until the emergence of school and university drama departments in the years following the Second World War.