Two recent UWTSD graduates star in Welsh language drama series, Rownd a Rownd

11.09.2018

Heledd Roberts and Josh Morgan - two former students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Welsh medium BA Perfformio (Performance) course - will feature on S4C tonight as new characters in the popular drama series, Rownd a Rownd.

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Heledd and Josh will play characters, Anest and Iestyn - a brother and sister who’ll be settling into life in the fictional town of Glanrafon with their parents, Gwenno and Carwyn.

Having been part of a close-knit group of students on the same University course, Heledd and Josh have a great chemistry both on and off the screen and describe themselves as having a brotherly and sisterly relationship in ‘real life’.

"It's great to share this experience of being part of Rownd a Rownd with Heledd.  We were part of the first group to study the BA Perfformio degree at UWTSD and we were two of twelve on the course,” says Josh who’s originally from Cardiff.  “We were a very close group - learning to support each other and collaborating with each other so we have a very natural and honest relationship on screen and away from it too."

“I really enjoyed the experience of studying the course with UWTSD in Cardiff. As part of the course, we studied a module called 'Acting for the Screen' with the late Terry Dyddgen-Jones on the Pobol y Cwm set. I was really inspired by what we learnt both in front of and behind the camera during this period - it was a very realistic experience. It was also another example of us as students being able to work with, and being taught by, people from the industry, preparing us for our working lives.”

“I was also fortunate enough to spend an entire semester at California State University, Long Beach during my time on the course.  It was a really exciting, key time for me – I learnt so much and really developed as a performer, working with incredible people such as Alexandra Billings.”

Heledd Roberts is also thoroughly enjoying her time on Rownd a Rownd and is enjoying being able to put into practice what she learnt during her time at UWTSD.

"I feel very lucky I'm part of the Rownd a Rownd family," says Heledd, who’s originally from Llanwrda in Carmarthenshire.

"I've learnt so much in the first three months. Filming such a popular, fast-paced production has been a shock to the system but the experiences I had with the late Terry Dyddgen-Jones during the 'Acting for Screen’ module certainly helped me prepare for the challenges.

"Receiving specialist training from highly experienced individuals, such as Elen Bowman and Eiry Thomas, during my acting modules, not only taught me to be a better actor, they also inspired me. They introduced me to new performing techniques - elements that have really helped me to create my character, Anest in Rownd a Rownd.

"I learnt so much during my time on the course. In my opinion, this course is perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about performing as well as the industry itself – it’s very flexible and can adapt to students’ requirements. My University experience - on this intense and unique course - was invaluable and I would urge anyone considering a future in the performing arts to look at the BA Perfformio course at UWTSD."

Eilir Owen Griffiths, programme director of the BA Perfformio course, is extremely proud of Heledd and Josh’s success - two of the first cohort of students to graduate from this innovative course.

"We are so proud that Heledd and Josh have had these great roles on Rownd a Rownd”, says Eilir.  “The course has a great relationship with the production company, Rondo - they regularly contact us and visit us looking for talent. Both Heledd and Josh were also fortunate to have studied the 'Acting for the Screen' module with the late Terry Dyddgen-Jones and I'm sure they benefited a great deal by working with him on the set of Pobol y Cwm as part of the course."

Heledd and Josh were studying the Welsh Medium BA Perfformio (Performance) course offered by UWTSD at the Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff. The fundamental ethos of the programme is to provide a solid technique along with a broad understanding of the creative industries in Wales and beyond.

Given the very practical nature of the degree, students receive a range of opportunities to perform and show their progress on a regular basis – and this is another example of students benefiting from interesting and varied opportunities to perform and develop skills that will prepare them for the world of theatre.

Established by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Cardiff, the BA Perfformio is an innovative and progressive course taught intensively over a period of two years by a combination of staff from the University and experts working professionally in the fields of television, dance, entertainment, musicals and theatre.

The students on the course make the most of all opportunities to work with professional practitioners who offer them a range of new and varied experiences ensuring that they have the appropriate skills to succeed in their chosen field.

If you would like to learn more about the Welsh medium BA Perfformio (Performance) course, please visit http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/cbc

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