Press Releases 2014-2015

Spooky Premiere for Youngsters’ Vampire Film

01.05.2014

A group of young people from across Swansea have premiered a bilingual vampire film which they wrote and made with the help of University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Swansea.

The film ‘Swansea Spookfest’ was devised by eleven young people aged between eleven and seventeen. They have been meeting regularly since last October as part of a UWTSD Creative Bubble initiative focused upon developing creative writing skills through scriptwriting, song and lyric writing, and short stories.

The ‘Bubble Slam’ writing club was set-up following recent reports which indicated that children in Wales are lagging behind their English counterparts in terms of literacy.

The movie is set across Swansea but a large section is filmed in Swansea Market as the young people wanted to support local traders. ‘Bubble Slam’ was run by experienced practitioner and UWTSD Swansea performing arts graduate Zoe Jarvis, who was supported by the University’s performing arts, education, video and photography students. The sessions also included workshops in stage make-up and acting.

The film was premiered at the University last weekend at an event which included urban poetry from Frank Thomas and a performance from dance group Troy Boyz.

Lucy Beddall, UWTSD Swansea Community Engagement Coordinator, said: “The young people have really engaged with this project. They came up with the plot and wrote the script between them. We want to instill a passion for reading and writing, and show them what can be achieved through imagination and creativity.”

Zoe Jarvis, UWTSD Community Project Coordinator, said: “In addition to the young people, it has also been a great experience for the UWTSD students as many of them are hoping to become teachers or practitioners in the future. We all benefited from the enthusiasm and creativity of the young people. Projects such as these have so many benefits and we loved using our amazing city as the backdrop.”

Creative Bubble is an innovative project by UWTSD Swansea and Swansea BID (Business Improvement District). The University, which is focused upon strong community engagement, is making use of a city-centre commercial unit to create arts-based economic and social impacts for the city.

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was formed in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 Swansea Metropolitan University merged into the University.
  2. The University’s 1828 Royal Charter is the oldest in Wales and is third to Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH The Prince of Wales is the University’s Royal Patron.
  3. On 1 August 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged into the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group but will retain its own brand. Coleg Ceredigion will merge into the group in January 2014.

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Senior PR and Communications Officer
07872 423788
steven.stokes@sm.uwtsd.ac.uk