UWTSD Performing Arts students present Far From The Madding Crowd


More than thirty Performing Arts students from the BA Acting and BA Theatre Design and Production degree courses at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) have been collaborating with award-winning director, Geinor Styles and musical director, Daniel Lloyd on their forthcoming production, Far From the Madding Crowd.

Far From the Madding Crowd

The production will be staged at the Halliwell Theatre on the University’s Carmarthen campus and will run from Thursday, February 22nd until Saturday, March 3rd.

Based on the popular and much-loved novel by Thomas Hardy and adapated by Mark Healy, the students’ production tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene using an ensemble staging and live folk music. 

Having inherited her father’s farm, Bathsheba - a spirited and feisty young woman - finds herself playing mistress in a man’s world. She is pursued by three would-be lovers: the constant shepherd, Gabriel Oak; the obsessive landowner, William Boldwood, and the reckless Sergeant Troy. But are any of them a match for the wilful Bathsheba? 

This particular production of Far from the Madding Crowd was first produced by the English Touring Theatre in 2008 and takes us on a theatrical journey through Hardy country, following a passionate young girl propelled into womanhood by her experiences of love and loss.

The production is directed by Geinor Styles, Artistic Director of Theatr na n’Og who recently won a Wales Theatre Award for the original musical Eye of the Storm – a show she wrote with the hugely successful singer songwriter, Amy Wadge.

"It has been an excellent opportunity and experience to work with the students on Far From the Madding Crowd,” says Geinor.

“As an Artistic Director of a theatre company based in Neath, it’s great to see that we have so much talent on our doorstep. It’s also been a great way for the students to make connections and to network with people working in professional theatre companies.

“It’s been great to see the students rise to the challenge of a main house production, with both passion and commitment and to also see how they’ve grown as performers,” adds Geinor.

Joining Geinor Styles as musical director on the production is the actor, singer and composer Daniel Lloyd who recently appeared in the West End production of The Commitments.

“The show has a strong musical element with the cast members playing their own instruments as well as singing,” says Dan. 

“We have seen the students’ talent develop and blossom into fantastic performances with both sensitivity and maturity.”

Far From the Madding Crowd

The students – as well as the UWTSD graduates taking part in the production - have certainly benefited from working with directors of Geinor and Dan’s calibre and have learnt a great deal from the whole process.

“Working with Geinor and Dan has given me an amazing insight into the industry I am going into,” says Katheryn Siggers, a third year BA Acting student at UWTSD.  “They both treat us as professionals which has improved my confidence as an actress, consolidated my career choice and has allowed me to feel prepared for the outside world.”

Laura Walker, a UWTSD BA Theatre Design & Production graduate who’s returned to the university to work on this production has also loved working on the show and is very proud to be part of the team staging this ambitious work.

“I have loved working on Far From the Madding Crowd,” says Laura.

“Since being ask to return to UWTSD as a graduate Stage Manager, I have gained confidence in myself and it’s been a pleasure to work with such a talented cast and crew. I am very excited to see the show come together and see everyone's hard work pay off.”

Working with theatre professionals is a key element of the Performing Arts courses taught at UWTSD with students being given the opportunity to be taught by highly regarded practitioners, ensuring that all graduates are industry ready.

“It has been a wonderful learning process for both the BA Acting & BA Theatre Design and Production students to be involved in such a large-scale production,” says Stacey-Jo Atkinson, Programme Director for BA Theatre Design & Production.

“Over the past 7 weeks, the students have had the chance to work with two professional directors as well as a multitude of industry professionals to bring this show alive.  It’s been a wonderful creative experience for all involved and we can’t wait to share the production with audiences in Carmarthen.”

Far From the Madding Crowd, directed by Geinor Styles and Daniel Lloyd opens at the Halliwell Theatre on the University’s Carmarthen campus on Thursday, February 22nd and will run until Saturday, March 3rd.  Tickets cost £5/£3 and can booked by either emailing heather.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk or calling 01267 676929

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