Press Releases 2017

UWTSD Performing Arts students on tour

16.11.2017

Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) are currently touring schools across South West Wales as part of their Performing Arts degree courses.

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Third year students on the Carmarthen-based BA Acting and BA Theatre Design and Production courses study a ‘Touring theatre Module’ as part of their degree programme during which they have to devise original pieces for a range of different age groups.

Students are given the artistic freedom to devise and create original work that is no longer than an hour in duration within a set of certain production parameters.  They work with professional directors who guide them throughout the process but the ideas and concepts come from the students themselves.

The first production to tour is ‘Me Me Me’ - a play directed by Andrew Sterry, aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 7 that explores what our memories are and how they create ideas of who we are.

The second show currently touring is called ‘It Takes All Sorts’ which is a celebration of individuality.  Directed by Carri Munn, the production - aimed at children aged 9 and 10, sees eight ordinary storytellers perform eight extraordinary stories ranging from the discovery of a hive of Bee-Yonces to some pizza-loving Grim Reapers.  But they all have one thing in common – they’re all trying to find their place in the world. 

‘Stronger than you think’ is a piece aimed at young people in Year 10.  The show, directed by Jain Boon, explores personal stories around mental health and well-being, adverse childhood experiences and resilience. It looks at not only how we survive adversity but how we thrive through it.

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“Our touring module is an important educational experience for all of BA Acting and BA Theatre Design & Production students,” says Stacey-Jo Atkinson, Programme Director for BA Theatre Design & Production.

“Not only are they having to produce a show with a professional director, they also have to pack vans and liaise with schools. It really gives the students a professional experience.”

Dave Ainsworth, BA Acting Programme Director agrees that this module is a very effective way of preparing students for the industry. 

"Actors are more likely to discover that their first professional job will be in Touring Theatre,” says Dave. “This module prepares our actors to work in this medium effectively and to encourage them to develop a professional mind-set within a professional environment."

Students have had a great time creating and devising their pieces and have also relished the opportunity to tour their productions and to perform to children and young people across South West Wales.

Charlotte Gallimore, BA Theatre Design & Production student says: “I’ve found touring an amazing experience, working as a part of a team and as part of this production. It has  me many experiences of taking shows to places we wouldn't have gone otherwise and has given me insight to what the theatre world outside of university will be like. I feel this opportunity has prepared me for a job within the theatre industry and has given me a new set of skills that I can apply to my work in the future. “

Ryan Twain, a BA Acting student agrees that he’s learnt a great deal throughout the whole process.

“Touring has been a great experience, from devising a piece to working with a team of people putting on a production and then travelling around sharing our piece! It’s been a challenging process but I’ve gained so much.”

To find out more about the shows and the Performing Arts courses based at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus, please visit www.uwtsd.ac.uk/performing-arts

Further Information

 

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476