UWTSD Cardiff students perform Pippin


18.02.2019

Students from UWTSD’s BA Musical Theatre programme and the Welsh-medium BA Perfformio (Performance) course have joined forces on their forthcoming production – Pippin.  The musical will be staged at the Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff on Thursday, February 21st and Friday, February 22nd.

Pippin

Directed by Angharad Lee, Pippin tells the story of a young prince – an heir to a throne - who is searching for his own “corner of the sky.”

The title character Pippin - certain that he will find a fulfilling purpose in life - dabbles in bloody battles, lusty sexual entanglements and savvy political manoeuvres, only to discover that true happiness is more complicated than he thought and that time is our true prize.

Pippin premiered on Broadway in 1972 and was written by four times Grammy Award-winner, Stephen Schwartz. Legendary choreographer Bob Fosse directed and choreographed the original version of the musical that is both a humorous allegory about growing up and a dark tale of the danger of false appearances and empty promises.

This particular production features fifteen second-year students and is choreographed by Tori Johns.  It also features Michael Morewood as the Musical Director.

“It has been a pleasure to introduce the students to the weird and wonderful World of Fosse,” says director, Angharad Lee.

“I focus on Fosse because they are a generation who would be quite familiar with the new Broadway version of Pippin rather than its original, beautifully eccentric and dark origins with Bob Fosse at the helm. 

“It's been an interesting one for me,” continues Angharad.

“Trying to lift some of Fosse's original choreography with Tori Johns and then trying to match stylistically what we create for the rest of the piece has been a fabulous challenge. As a director, one's impulse is to put one's own stamp on a piece, so this is a real cacophony of Fosse and Angharad Lee madness! Yes it's a dark comedy. Yes its message is stark - but one should watch this kind of show knowing that reality is only what we decide it to be.”

Pippin

Joey Cornish, a second year BA Perfformio student has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working on Pippin and exploring its thought-provoking themes.

“Working on Pippin has been an enjoyable challenge for me. It’s been great getting a chance to explore one of the earlier works of Stephen Schwartz, one of today’s most renowned musical theatre composers,” says Joey.  “I’ve also very much enjoyed the challenge of re-visiting Bob Fosse’s original style and choreography and his emphasis on balancing the light-hearted humour and the dark, twisted themes within the show. The show itself - particularly our interpretation, directed by Angharad Lee - highlights some personal but relatable mental every day challenges that we all face while striving for fulfilment.”

The BA Musical Theatre and Welsh-medium BA Perfformio degree courses are both unique two-year intensive programmes that offer practical training equipping students for careers in the performing arts.

By working with industry professionals, the courses offer young performers excellent, industry-relevant, focused forms of study under the direction of tutors committed to developing creative, independent, thinking artists who are industry-ready.

Pippin can be seen at the Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff on February 21st and 22nd

For further information about the BA Musical Theatre programme offered by UWTSD in Cardiff, please visit https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ba-musical-theatre/

To find out more about the Welsh medium BA Perfformio course, please visit https://uwtsd.ac.uk/ba-perfformio/

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