Press Releases 2014-2015

Play Written by UWTSD Lecturer Sells Out – Again!

10.09.2015

A play written by a University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) lecturer has proved popular and successful once again having received fantastic reviews and selling out its venues.‌‌

Dave Ainsworth, BA Acting lecturer at UWTSD wrote the one man play ‘Oh Hello’ in 2000 and experienced a very successful run at the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now, over a decade later the actor Jamie Rees has revived the play with the backing of Dave, the Torch Theatre and the original director Peter Doran.

The one man play is about the ‘Carry On’ star Charles Hawtrey, a greatly loved comic actor who through misfortune and mistreatment, slowly destroyed himself.

Oh Hello’ has toured Welsh venues and has sold out The Sherman Theatre Cardiff, The Aberystwyth Arts Centre and The Torch Theatre itself. The Torch Theatre, with generous support from the Arts Council of Wales, also staged the show at one of Edinburgh's finest venues, The Assembly Hall during August this year. The play sold out every night of the three week run and received very good reviews throughout.

After winning the attention of the Adelaide Arts Festival, ‘Oh Hello’ will travel to Australia next year. Another national tour is also looking likely.

Dave said, "I was incredibly thrilled that ‘Oh Hello’ did so well the first time around, now I'm ecstatic! Seeing something you have conceived and written playing to packed, appreciative audiences beats it all. I have been a professional actor, stand-up comedian and writer for many years now and also lecture on the BA Acting programme at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. I hope my experiences prove to the undergraduates I teach that research and tenacity are key to success."

BA Acting at UWTSD is an innovative and exciting programme designed for students who aspire to a career in the performance industry. The degree balances vocational actor training, contextual study and the creative exploration of performance theory. The range of transferable and presentational skills on offer could be applied in a variety of employment contexts.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014