Press Releases 2014-2015

First Script Reading for Graduate’s Wales Drama Award-Winning Play

31.03.2015

This Thursday 2nd April National Theatre Wales and BBC Cymru Wales are to host the first reading of the 2014 Wales Drama Award-winning play, ‘Tammy’, written by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate Kelly Jones.

The script, which won the Wales Drama Award in December 2014, explores issues considered taboo in society and the effects they can have on a family, drawing on Kelly’s own life experiences growing up in Dagenham. The reading takes place this Thursday 2nd April at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. Tickets are complimentary and can be booked via http://nationaltheatrewales.org/tammy.

As a part of the award, 2009 UWTSD Swansea graduate Kelly Jones won a prize of £10,000 and received an opportunity to develop her ideas with BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales. A writer and performer, she has been living and working in Wales since 2007 and is originally from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Her work is inspired by real human stories and often takes inspiration from personal experiences, her up-bringing in Dagenham and rooting in Wales.

The biennial Wales Drama Award is presented by BBC Wales and National Theatre Wales, in partnership with BBC Writersroom. It was launched in 2012 and this is only the second time it has been given. The award is offered to any writer residing in Wales, and aims to encourage writers who feel passionate about the stories they want to tell, and who have something to offer audiences across the length and breadth of Wales and the wider UK. Writers were asked to submit a full-length script in any medium, unperformed or unproduced and in the English language and at least 30 minutes long.

Kelly Jones said: “I am excited to finally see Tammy up on its feet. Being a writer is such a lonely job, so I love nothing more than getting in a room with actors, directors and artists to hear the work come to life. TAMMY has existed in my head and on page for so long; it'll be a great opportunity for me to really interrogate the work. Obviously I trained as an actor so sometimes when I’ve finished a draft I’ll act it out in my living room and record it as a sound file to listen to, but it's not the same as just being able to be the writer in room with other performers.”
Faith Penhale, Head of Drama, BBC Cymru Wales, said: “We are truly committed to discovering and nurturing home grown talent here in Wales and this is an unparalleled opening for Kelly to work with the best in the broadcast and theatre industries. Our collaboration with National Theatre Wales and close partnership with BBC Writersroom will provide her with a variety of platforms to showcase her piece and be recognised for her writing skills.”

John McGrath, Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales, said: “I’m delighted that Kelly has won this important award. As a writer at a relatively early stage in her writing life, to have been chosen from a very strong and in many cases rather experienced field of applicants is a real achievement.”

Kelly has kept in touch with the performing arts course at UWTSD in Swansea and regularly returns to share her experiences and skills with current students.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer
07872 423788
steven.stokes@uwtsd.ac.uk