Press Releases 2016

UWTSD announces Welsh language Performance Scholarships

28.07.2016

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David will present scholarships to five highly talented current and prospective students during an event to be held on the University’s stand at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny on Tuesday, August 2nd.

Three prospective students and two current students of the BA Perfformio (Performance) course will be presented with their scholarships at a reception at the UWTSD stand on Tuesday at 11am.

Receiving scholarships from their current performance centres will be Eilir Gwyn and Lowri Evans, both of whom are current members of Ysgol Glanaethwy and will receive the Ysgol Glanaethwy scholarship worth £750.

Glain Rhys will also receive the Cwmni Theatr Maldwyn Scholarship worth £750 – a scholarship that’s awarded in memory of Derec Williams – an individual who nurtured and developed talented young people interested in the performing arts.

Two current BA Perfformio students - Lleucu Llywelyn and Jemima Nicholas - will both receive scholarships from the Wales Performance Centre (Canolfan Berfformio Cymru), part of UWTSD. Lucy and Jemima will receive a contribution worth £750 each in recognition of their hard work and excellence during their first year of studies.

Eilir Owen Griffiths, Co-ordinator of the BA Perfformio said: "Scholarships works as prizes on various levels. Providing funds for current students offers a goal and ambition for current students to work towards, and for prospective students, the opportunity of additional funding encourages ambition and offers a reward for achieving that ambition. And of course, in this day and age, any additional financial support is a good thing. We are extremely grateful to Cwmni Theatr Maldwyn and Ysgol Glanaethwy for supporting these scholarships."

The pioneering degree scheme, BA Performing, was established in September 2015 and is taught over a period of two years in the Wales Performance Centre. The intensive teaching occurs at The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff, with periods of teaching on the University’s campus in Carmarthen.

With the main focus of the course on preparing students for life as professional performers, the programme places great emphasis on practical elements, with the voice, body, mind and career of the performer key to the programme's content. 

“The basic ethos of the BA Perfformio (Performance) course is to provide Students with a solid technique as well as a wider understanding of the Creative Industries in Wales and further afield,” continues Eilir.

“With the opportunity of studying for a degree over two years rather than three, this will be the first accelerated degree of its kind in Wales.  The degree will be also be practical course with regular opportunities for Students to perform and to showcase their progress,” adds Eilir.

The first cohort of Students are thoroughly enjoying themselves and are treasuring the many valuable experiences that they’ve been given – from singing at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod to performing at Bryn Terfel’s birthday party!

Many high profile individuals from the Creative Industries have fed into the development of the course and the content of the degree programme reflects the industry’s current demands.

Input was given by industry professionals such as Terry Dyddgen-Jones (Television Director); Stifyn Parry (Producer, Director and Presenter); Buddug Verona James (Voice expert); Geraint Cynan (Musical Director and Composer), Catrin Darnell (Musical Theatre Actress), Elen Bowman (Director), Aled Pedrick (Actor and Director ) and Lauren Phillips (Actress and Dance expert) in order to ensure the degree course contains those elements necessary to prepare Students for a successful career in theatre, television or on stage.

TV director, Terry Dyddgen-Jones, who was instrumental in helping to establish the course says: “Here’s a course that has a direct link with the industry.  We, as people who work in the industry, are extremely keen to work with young, talented people and we’re really eager to feed into the course content.”

“We all visit Cardiff often with our work, and as a result, we’ll be able to spend time with the Students, hold masterclasses with them, mentor them and give them plenty of advice,” adds the successful director who’s worked on drama series’ such as Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Pobol y Cwm.

“We’re a Group of professional people who represent a cross-section of the industry and who see the need for this type of course in Wales.  This is a course with a framework that’s been shaped by people who currently work in the industry.  That, along with the fact that you can gain your degree over two years rather than three – makes the BA Perfformio course offered by UWTSD so different.”

Those who’ve already made a name for themselves as performers certainly value the experiences offered by a course of this nature.  Catrin Darnell says: “It’s a shame that this course didn’t exist when I was a student,” while Lauren Phillips adds, “a healthy, flexible, Professional and unique artist is an artist who appeals.  These are the artists who’ll succeed having graduated from this course.  It’s very exciting.”

For further information regarding the BA Perfformio course, please contact Eilir Owen Griffiths on e.griffiths@pcydds.ac.uk

You can also follow the course’s accounts on Social Media by searching for Perfformio PCDDS on Facebook and by following @Perfformio_PCDDS on Twitter.

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 / sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk