UWTSD Students participate in the National Eisteddfod’s opening show.


Students and former students of University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s BA Perfformio course will take part in the National Eisteddfod’s opening show – Y Tylwyth.

Y Tylwyth

As members of the show’s chorus, the students have been rehearsing with the show’s director, Angharad Lee.

Angharad is a regular tutor on UWTSD’s Welsh-medium BA Perfformio and MA Theatr Gerddorol courses and consequently, the students are very familiar with collaborating with her, but being part of such an epic show as this, and on such a large scale, will surely be an unforgettable experience for them.

Y Tylwyth is an original show packed full of songs, stories and acrobatics suitable for the entire family. Written by Myrddin ap Dafydd, Gwyneth Glyn and Twm Morys, this is a contemporary musical circus that will bring stories and legends from the Conwy Valley.

“The show’s themes relate to local tales, and in essence are connected to the land. And it is this vital fabric that the students offer the show” says director, Angharad Lee.  “A clan of people has returned to its land in order to remind society that the ultimate goal for each one of us is to help the new generation thrive … that we are all somehow connected, and that every single person’s action can have a detrimental effect on people for years to come.”

Y Tylwyth is a magical and ambitious production that’s sure to appeal to the entire family as the Eisteddfod ventures for the first time into the world of contemporary musical circus, working with the modern Irish circus troupe, Fidget Feet. 

Gwyneth Glyn, Twm Morys and Myrddin ap Dafydd are responsible for the show, inspired by myths and tales of the fairy-folk of North Wales. In essence, this is a love story, but like every good story, there are occasional awkward moments as two lads fight for the heart of a young girl.

The live band contains some of the most well-known names on the scene, Georgia Ruth, Patrick Rimes (Calan), Iwan Huws (Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog), with Osian Williams (Siddi, Candelas) as musical director.   

The cast too contains familiar names such as those of Iddon Alaw, Idris Morris Jones, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, Mair Tomos Ifans and Angharad Llwyd – and one of the artistic team, Twm Morys, plays Watcin Co, clockmaker from Llanrwst, and the production’s narrator.

Every UWTSD student taking part in this production is either currently studying or has recently graduated from the Welsh-medium BA Perfformio course at the University’s ‘Canolfan Berfformio Cymru’ (Wales Performance Centre), located in Cardiff. The fundamental ethos of the degree programme is to provide a solid technique as well as a broad understanding of the creative industries in Wales and beyond.

The students make the most of every opportunity to collaborate with professional practitioners who offer them a range of new and different experiences, and on this occasion, the opportunity to share a national platform with some of Wales’s most experienced performers and artists is sure to benefit them greatly.

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.

If you would like to learn more about the BA Perfformio course, go to http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/cbc    

To book tickets for Y Tylwyth, go to www.eisteddfod.cymru/tocynnau

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