UWTSD Performing Arts Students produce stage outdoor shows


Third year Performing Arts students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are making the final preparations for three outdoor, site specific shows to be held in Carmarthen later this month.

Site Specific Show

All of the performances have been devised and created by final year students from the BA Acting and BA Theatre Design & Production degree courses at UWTSD and will be open to the public from May 18th – 20th.  The students will be performing each show once every day – the first at 11am, the second at 2pm and the final one at 5pm.

All three productions will take place at the University’s Ysgubor Stone House on College Road, Carmarthen.

Under Control, is a magical adventure for children of all ages that will be staged on the three dates at 11am.

Directed by Hannah McPake of Gagglebabble Theatre company, the students will present an interactive piece where they invite the audience to explore an exciting investment opportunity! 

Aimed at children from 8 upwards, the audience will be guided around the house and the land.  The ‘Building Safety Control Team’ will be on hand to look after you and make sure things run smoothly.  But what’s that buzz in the air?  Does it feel like the kitchen is shaking? Is that smoke coming from the cottage? Are things really Under Control?  Join the students in a world of mystery and mayhem as they unearth the building's secrets. 

The second performance piece is called The Pleasure of Your Company and is directed by experienced director and comedienne, Carri Munn.  This will be performed at 2pm on the 18th, 19th and 20th of May.

The show sees the roaring 1920s arriving in Carmarthen. Lord and Lady Greenwood are hosting the first garden party of the season and everyone is invited – including you.

Drinks, dining and dance are on the menu, promising a legendary party with fabulous guests. As the party gets into full swing, the hosts wonder whether the bright young things of 1925 are the hope for the future? Or will it be the party to end all parties at Ysguborstone House?   Either way, it’ll be quite a ‘to-do’…

The last of the three productions is Murder No One Wrote – a piece for adults aged 16+ that will be performed at 5pm on the three dates.

Directed by Cardiff-based director, Shane Nickels, Murder No One Wrote is an intriguing and interactive murder-mystery that makes you, the detectives, join familiar faces and unravel the truth.

It’s the annual Village Fayre and everyone is eagerly anticipating another great year of festivities and fundraising. The whole village will be turning out for the event and there's much to discuss. Who'll win the upcoming election? Is the village pub really closing? What happened to Derek's dog? And of course who will win the coveted Best Performance on the main stage?

Site Specific Rehearsal

The three productions are all very different and all students are having a wonderful time producing, acting in and creating the magic of site specific theatre.

“The Site specific theatre module is a great way to end the academic year as it gives the students a chance to look at creating theatre in a different environment,” says Stacey-Jo Atkinson, Programme, Director of the BA Theatre Design & Production course at UWTSD.

“We choose a different location every year and the students, along with their directors, create pieces of theatre based around the information they gather about that site,” continues Stacey-Jo.

“Site specific so far has been a fantastic new adventure, I have been able to explore different responsibilities and I’m loving every aspect of it,” says Alice Waller, currently studying BA Theatre Design and Production.

“Working with such a talented cast and director for our last module of university has made the whole process as fun as it is challenging. Come and see some amazing shows that are bound to excite, entertain and amaze,” she adds.

Gee Howe, a final year BA Acting student is also relishing the experience.

"This module is so creative and exciting - it is a perfect way to end our time here at UWTSD. I couldn't ask for better people to work with every day."

To enjoy the wonder of interactive theatre, why not come along to one of the shows. If you’re interested in attending, it’s essential that you book in advance by contacting Heather Thomas by calling 01267 676669 or emailing heather.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk

All productions are site-specific, outdoor, performances so audience members will need to come prepared for the weather – be it rain or shine!

Further Information


For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476