UWTSD students stage the first Welsh language production of RENT


Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Welsh medium BA Perfformio (Performance) course will be breaking new ground this month as they prepare to stage the ever first Welsh language adaptation of the hit musical, RENT.

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Performing as part of their course within Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (Wales Performance Centre), thirty talented students will be starring in this exciting production at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff that will take place on Friday, December 16th and Saturday, December 17th.

RENT tells the thrilling story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess.

Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La bohème, RENT features unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the much-loved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Bohème. Inspired by Puccini's classic opera, La Bohème, RENT is full of memorable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, including songs such as Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Boheme.

Poster Rent

According to Eilir Owen Griffiths, Programme Director of the BA Perfformio course and Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Creative Industries Senior Lecturer at UWTSD, RENT is the ideal production for the students.

"With RENT celebrating twenty years since it first opened on Broadway, I felt that it was very appropriate for us to perform RENT as our first full-scale production - and with nearly 30 students on the course, the entire show can be produced within Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (Wales Performance Centre).

"Because of the type of training that we offer, it’s very important that our students gain as many experiences as possible that combine singing, acting and dance - and this is what this production will offer them," adds Eilir.

Another factor that makes this production so special is the fact that it’s been translated by a former UWTSD student, Osian Edwards.

"Osian has managed to capture the nuances of the language," says Eilir.

"It's an interesting experiment - with so many musicals such as Les Mis will be translated into different languages - why not translate RENT?"

The show was performed on Broadway for twelve years, winning four Tony® Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama along the way.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

Every cast member of RENT is a student of the innovative BA Perfformio (Performance) degree course offered at UWTSD.

The pioneering Welsh-medium degree course, BA Perfformio, was established back in September 2015 and is taught over a period of two years within Canolfan Perfformio Cymru (Wales Performance Centre). The intensive teaching occurs at The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, with periods of teaching on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David campus in Carmarthen.

With the main focus on preparing students for life as professional performers, the course places great emphasis on practical elements, with the voice, body, mind and career of the performer key to the programme's content. Because of the intensity of the course and the specialised training associated with it, the student intake each year is limited.

This is a great opportunity to see students perform in an exciting Welsh language adaptation of one of the best known Broadway musicals. The show will be performed at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff so book your tickets now!

The production contains strong language and adult themes so there is an age guide of 13.

Tickets for RENT cost £12 / £ 8 and are available directly from The Gate Arts Centre on (029) 2048 3344 or by visiting https://uk.patronbase.com/_TheGate/Productions/P/Performances

For more information about the BA Perfformio degree course, contact Eilir Owen Griffiths by emailing e.griffiths@pcydds.ac.uk 

Prospective students can also follow the course on social media accounts by searching for Performing PCDDS on Facebook and @Perfformio_PCDDS on Twitter

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