UWTSD nurturing young talent at Danygraig Primary School


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduates from the School of Film and Digital Media and the School of Performing Arts have been working with a group of Year 5 and 6 girls at Danygraig Primary School in SA1.

Using a range of drama and film techniques the graduates have been working with the young people over a 3 month period to produce a spectacular multi-media show that premiered to an audience on Wednesday 20th April.

The project was delivered by Creative Bubble and was funded by UWTSD’s Widening Access forum. Creative Bubble is a UWTSD and Swansea BID initiative that seeks to impact upon Swansea economically, socially and culturally.

The mixed media production, 'The Curse of Danygraig', held at the school, was the culmination of hard work by the pupils. They created characters, wrote scripts, performed and were involved behind the scenes with the make-up, sound and filming.

Lucy Beddall, Creative Bubble said: “UWTSD values the role of the arts in education and recognises the positive effects it has on learning. Students and graduates gain invaluable employability skills when they are given the opportunity to engage with the community. Not only does it provide real work experience, it also allows them to think differently about their studies - and can lead to paid work and employment. In addition to enhancing a student’s experience, it also ensures that the courses and campuses are accessible to the communities that surround it.”

Alan Waldron, UWTSD Performing Arts graduate who coordinated the project said: “It’s been a joy working with these young people. They have been so enthusiastic and really engaged with the project. UWTSD works hard in the community to make higher education accessible – I hope to see some of these pupils on Degree courses when they are 18.”

Mrs Thomas, teacher at Danygraig said: “The team have been fantastic to work with and they have encouraged and challenged the children throughout the experience.”

Some of the pupils expressed their thanks at the project:

“Thank you for choosing our school, it means a lot to us.”

“I've loved everything we've done on this project, please come back next year.”

“'I enjoyed all the games we played and getting a script to perform.”

The School of Performing Arts at UWTSD encourages students to develop practical and academic skills in the exploration and application of drama, performance, marketing, directing, facilitation, technical skills and production. The degree programmes encourage students to challenge, explore and create performance practices - giving students the skills to open the doors to a diverse range of employment opportunities.

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