UWTSD Students perform Welsh language musical, Cysgu’n Brysur


Second year students on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s BA Perfformio course (Welsh medium Performance course) are currently busy rehearsing thoroughly their latest production - Cysgu’n Brysur.

Cysgu'n Brysur

Written by Bethan Marlow, and with music by the band Bromas, this ground-breaking musical tells the story of the generation that demands to be heard.

Later this month, the students will take the show on tour, starting at Y Llwyfan on UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus on Wednesday February 20th, before moving to Theatr y Soar in Merthyr Tydfil on Thursday February 21st and finishing at The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, on Saturday, February 23rd

Elen Bowman – who now lectures in Drama at UWTSD – is the director of the piece and the musical arrangement is by Rhys Taylor.

During this powerful piece, we follow a group of school friends and learn of their frustrations as they attempt to speculate in what direction their lives will take them and why.

This is a musical play full of questions about love, kisses, tears, cliques, losses, laughs and becoming wiser but is there any time to sleep? There certainly isn’t – life is much too busy!   

The original show was produced by Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch and the Wales Millennium Centre in 2016 and won the best show for young people in the Wales Theatre Awards 2017.

“Interweaving songs by the band Bromas and script by Bethan Marlow creates a remarkably entertaining subject for students to work on” says Eilir Owen Griffiths, Programme Director of the BA Perfformio course. 

Eilir adds: “Students on the course make the most of every opportunity to collaborate on interesting and different pieces that offer them a range of new experiences, and they are delighted to be introduced to this piece. Having the opportunity to work with Elen Bowman, one of Wales’s most experienced and successful directors, has also, of course, benefited them greatly.”

The students are truly relishing the challenge of working on this touring show.

“Having the opportunity to work on a musical about young people with songs written by a Welsh language rock band is very exciting and very different to any show that I have ever been part of!” said Mared Gruffydd.

Cadi Jones agrees and is very proud to have the opportunity to perform a new and fresh piece, and to take it to venues across South Wales.

“To have the opportunity to perform this show is really important at this particular time of our lives – the subjects are important ones for us as young people, as well as for the older generation,” she says.  “Performing Cysgu’n Brysur gives us the opportunity to expand our awareness of original work in the Welsh language, and taking the show on tour gives us a glimpse of working on a professional production.”

Cati Fychan is also delighted to be part of the production and enjoys the challenge of working on this genre. She said:  “This show deals with highly contemporary themes such as examination pressures and the general pressures of life. Working on this production has pushed me both as an individual and as an actress.”

Each of the students taking part in this production is studying the Welsh medium BA Perfformio course with UWTSD in Cardiff. The basic ethos of the programme is to provide rigorous technique as well as a wide understanding of the creative industries in Wales and beyond.

Considering the very practical nature of the degree, the students have a range of opportunities to perform and demonstrate their progress regularly - and here, yet again, is another example of students benefiting from interesting and varied opportunities to perform and to develop skills that will prepare them for the world of musical theatre.

The BA Perfformio course was established by UWTSD in Cardiff in 2015. It is an innovative course that is taught in an intensive manner over a period of two years by a combination of University staff and experts who work professionally in the areas of television, dance, entertainment, musicals and theatre. 

To book tickets for Cysgu’n Brysur, please call 0300 3231250.  Tickets cost £10 (full price) and £7 for concessions.  This musical contains strong language and occasional scenes of a sexual nature, and for this reason, Cysgu’n Brysur is suitable for audiences aged 13+.

For further information about this course, visit https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ba-perfformio/

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