UWTSD students to stage the musical ‘Edges’


The musical Edges is the latest production to be staged by students studying at the Cardiff-based Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (Wales Performance Centre) - part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy the production at the Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff, this Friday, March 24th.

BA Perfformio

Seventeen first year students on the BA Perfformio (Welsh medium Performance course) will stage Edges - a popular musical composed by talented duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.  Both composers have been catapulted to fame recently thanks to their involvement with the highly acclaimed film, La La Land.

Edges is a song cycle about coming of age, growth and self-discoveryof people in their 20s.

The musical was written by Pasek and Paul in 2005 when they were 19-year-old undergraduates in musical theatre at the University of Michiga.  Since then, the show has been performed hundreds of time across the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

In 2006 the pair also won the Jonathan Larson Award, becoming the youngest to have ever to win the accolade – an award that was established by the estate of Rent composer Jonathan Larson to encourage composers, lyricists, and bookwriters at the beginning of their careers.

This particular production of Edges is part of the first year students’ assessment.  The musical is directed by Eilir Owen Griffiths who’s also director of the BA Perfformio degree programme.

“Developing singing skills are vitally important for any performer,” says Eilir.

“I chose to stage Edges this year to showcase the students’ ability to interpret songs that have specifically written for people of their age range.  The musical was written by Pasek and Paul when they were at university so the students are certainly able to empathise with the work.”

Through a combination of individual and group classes, the students are introduced to different elements of singing as part of their training as actors where they're able to concentrate on the importance of the text.  Students also discuss a number of other aspects such as characterisation and the interpretation of narrative – and through their studies, they have the opportunity to develop a wide repertoire and to enhance their portfolios.

“The basic ethos of the Welsh-medium BA Perfformio course is to provide students with a solid technique as well as a wider understanding of the Creative Industries in Wales and further afield,” continues Eilir Owen Griffiths.

“With the opportunity of studying for a degree over two years rather than three, this is the first accelerated degree of its kind in Wales.  The degree is also a practical course with regular opportunities for Students to perform and to showcase their progress. Staging Edges provides our first year students with an ideal opportunity to show audiences in Cardiff the very best of their talents," adds Eilir.

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.

The students will be performing Edges at 7.30pmon Friday, March 24th in the Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff.  To book tickets, email info@thegate.org.uk or call (029) 2048 3344. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for Young People and Students,

Edges contains strong language and adult themes and therefore isn’t suitable to anyone under 13.

For more information about the BA Perfformio degree programme, please contact Eilir Owen Griffiths by email or by calling 0300 323 1250 or by emailing e.griffiths@pcydds.ac.uk .

You can also follow the course’s accounts on Social Media by searching for Perfformio PCDDS on Facebook and by following @Perfformio_PCDDS on Twitter.

Note to Editor

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