Press Releases 2017

UWTSD students to perform Welsh language play, Bachu

01.03.2017

‌‌‌Students studying within the Cardiff-based Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (Wales Performance Centre) - part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David – are preparing to stage a new production of the thought-provoking Welsh language play Bachu.‌‌                                           

Bachu

Directed and adapted to the Welsh language by Elen Bowman, final year students of the Welsh medium BA Perfformio (BA Performing) will stage this production at Y Llwyfan in Carmarthen on Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th before moving to Tŷ Dawns at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre on Sunday, March 12th.                                              

Directed and adapted to the Welsh language by Elen Bowman, final year students of the Welsh medium BA Perfformio (BA Performing) will stage this production at Y Llwyfan in Carmarthen on Thursday, March 9th and Friday, March 10th before moving to Tŷ Dawns at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre on Sunday, March 12th.

Bachu is an adaptation of Rebecca Gilman’s tense and fascinating play, Boy Gets Girl. 

When Theresa Bedell goes on an awkward blind date with a friend of a friend, she sees no reason to continue the relationship - but the man - an attractive fellow named Tony, thinks otherwise. While Theresa is at first annoyed yet flattered by his continuing attention, her attitude gradually changes.

This is a challenging and exciting piece of work that course director, Eilir Owen Griffiths, is very much looking forward to staging.

“The basic ethos of the Welsh-medium BA Perfformio 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 Owen Griffiths.

“With the opportunity of studying for a degree over two years rather than three, this is the first accelerated degree of its kind in Wales.  The degree will be also be a practical course with regular opportunities for Students to perform and to showcase their progress. Staging ‘Bachu’ provides our final year students with an ideal opportunity to show audiences in Carmarthen and Cardiff the very best of their talents," adds Eilir.

Elen Bowman is a regular tutor on the course and thoroughly enjoys the experience of watching the students grow and develop as performers.

Elen Bowman said: "Working with the students has been a time of discovery and growth. It is so gratifying to see their development from the early days of the course and their ability not only to create the characters, but to respect the challenge of connecting sincerely on stage. "

The pioneering Welsh-medium degree course, BA Perfformio, was established back in September 2015 and is taught over a period of two years within Canolfan Perfformio Cymru (Wales Performance Centre). The intensive teaching occurs at The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, with periods of teaching on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David campus in Carmarthen.

With the main focus on preparing students for life as professional performers, the course places great emphasis on practical elements, with the voice, body, mind and career of the performer key to the programme's content. Because of the intensity of the course and the specialised training associated with it, the student intake each year is limited.

You’ll be able to see performances of Bachu on Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10 at 7.30pm at Y Llwyfan, Carmarthen. The production then moves to Tŷ Dawns on Sunday, March 12 with a performance at 5.30pm.

To book tickets, email info@thegate.org.uk or call (029) 2048 3344. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for Young People and Students,

Bachu contains strong language and adult themes and therefore isn’t suitable to anyone under 13.

For more information about the BA Perfformio degree programme, please contact Eilir Owen Griffiths by email or by calling 0300 323 1250 or by emailing 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

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