UWTSD Performing Arts students to stage two final year productions


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

Performing Arts Carmarthen

Having worked with two external directors to develop two studio productions, the students will perform their pieces – All That I Am and Spring Awakening - at Y Llwyfan on UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus from Thursday, May 23rd until Saturday, May 25th.  Both performances will take place on the same dates and will run back to back – with All That I Am starting at 6.30pm and Spring Awakening following at 9pm.

All That I Am is a piece written specifically for young actors by Daf James and was chosen for the students by guest director, Matthew Holmquist. 

Cardiff-based Matthew is Artistic Director of Red Oak Theatre Company and has worked with numerous prestigious companies including Theatr Clwyd, The Other Room and Welsh National Opera.  Continually looking to explore different styles of theatre, Matthew enjoys collaborating with a wide range of actors and is delighted to be working with UWTSD’s students on this special piece.

The second production to be staged by UWTSD’s third years students is the play version of the modern classic, Spring Awakening. Directed by Luke Hereford – a director who’s also worked with the Sherman Cymru, The Other Room and Leeway Productions – this is an ensemble piece that’s also ideally suited to a young group of actors.

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 showcasing their talent.

"The Studio theatre module has been a brilliant experience for our third year students this year,” says Stacey-Jo Atkinson, Programme Director BA Theatre Design & Production.

“The students have had the chance to work with two exciting directors and in our new space, Y Llywfan. The challenge in this module is they have to think about the set up as you would do for fringe theatre; so for our BA Theatre Design & Production students they have to think about shared equipment and tight swap overs of sets between the two pieces.

"This will be the students' final performances here at UWTSD,” continues Stacey-Jo.  “During their time with us they have had a wide variety of learning experiences and can now take their 'tool kit' of skills forward with them into the industry. We can't wait to see what they go on to do next."

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, Programme Director of UWTSD’s BA Acting programme.

“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 two 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.”

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

For further information on the Performing Arts courses offered at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus, please go to: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/performing-arts

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