UWTSD Performing Arts Students’ Final Year Showcase


21.05.2018

Third year students from the BA Acting and BA Theatre Design & Production degree programmes at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David are preparing to showcase their talents in their final university performances.

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Having worked with three external directors to develop three studio performances the students will perform their pieces in the Parry Theatre at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus on Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th.

The three works - ‘Growth’; ‘Love and information’ and ‘Girls Like That’ have all been developed by students in conjunction with three established directors – Luke Hereford, Paul Jenkins and Lynne Seymour.

‘Growth’ written by Luke Norris is an angst-ridden love song to the rough terrains of the Millennial journey - the pressure from society to have a stable career and to have a solid education; how they should Tweet about politics and avoid gluten and how they should ‘man up’ and deal with it when it all becomes too much.

Working with an ensemble cast who are currently in the firing line of all these pressures has given the production a crucial honesty.  They understand more than anyone the struggle of balancing the balls that life throws at them, whilst making sure the glass always stays half full.

Directed by Luke Hereford, ‘Growth’ reminds us that it’s okay for the glass to be half empty every once in a while, and how important it is to grow up in your own time, to ‘man up’ on your own terms, and to live life to the full.

Another of the pieces that the students have produces is ‘Love and information’ by Caryl Churchill – a play that opened at the Royal Court in 2012 and is the playwright’s most recent work in what has been an extremely prolific career.  As a writer of some of the world’s best political and theatrically progressive drama, ‘Love and Information’ contains over 70 scenes exploring our struggle to make meaning of our existence and experience this fragmented epic is truly challenging on every level.

The students – as much as possible - have tried to stay true to the writer’s vision whilst offering their own personal interpretation as an ensemble. Directed by Paul Jenkins, the production reflects the process, which began as a series of laboratories, whereby the ensemble was asked to form its own unique vision of the seven sections that make up the play.

‘Girls like That’ by Evan Placey is the third piece that the students will be performing.  Directed by UWTSD Acting lecturer, Lynne Seymour, the play is an urgent and explosive piece that explores gender equality and the pressures on today's digital generation.

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Working on these end of year production have given the students yet another insight into the demands of the industry.

“This module has given us the opportunity to see how studio theatre works and what it will be like when we leave University.  Studio theatre is a popular platform and being able to work on these shows has prepared us for when we leave.” says Ashleigh Wheeler, a BA Theatre Design & Production final year student.

“The pieces we are currently working on has touching and relevant topics to issues in everyday life,” adds fellow Theatre Design and Production student, Charlotte Gallimore.  “This module has also given us the opportunity to work with professional directors outside of University, allowing us to see how different directors work. This module has been challenging but rewarding and we can’t wait until opening night!”

Having seen the students grown and develop throughout their time at UWTSD, the teaching staff are extremely proud of their achievements and are excited to see the students showcase their talent.

“It has been a challenging and rewarding 6 weeks for our third year students working on three new and relevant plays,” says Stacey-Jo Atkinson, Programme Director of the BA Theatre Design and Production course.

“This year they have been working on producing studio theatre pieces which have given them a chance to explore topics that are very much current and will engage the audience to think about things that are happening in the world around them.”

The Performing Arts courses offered at UWTSD are tailored to ensure that the students are ready for the demands of the industry and are designed to ensure that students graduate with the most relevant and current skills required to succeed.

“The raison d’etre for both BA Acting and BA Theatre Design & Production programmes is to make them vocational and relevant,” says Dave Ainsworth, BA Acting Programme Director.

“With the re-emergence of studio theatre as a new creative force nationally and internationally, we are mindful that our students have a meaningful engagement with this exciting form of live performance in their final year.

“We therefore decided to mould our site-specific Theatre module to a studio theatre model using three professional Cardiff based directors who have relevant experience in the field. We believe this module will go towards equipping our soon-to-be graduates with a thorough working knowledge of the methodology and practice of studio theatre.”

If you’d like to see any or indeed all of the shows, tickets cost £5 or £3 for concession or book to see all 3 for the price of 2.  Tickets are free if you have a theatre pass.

To book your tickets, please contact Heather Thomas by emailing heather.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk or calling 01267 676929.

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Further Information

 

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk