UWTSD students take part in the innovative ‘10 Minute Musicals’ project

19.02.2018

Nine students from the Welsh medium BA Performance course at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David have been selected to take part in the exciting 10 Minute Musicals project which will culminate later this month with performances at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and the Miners' Institute in Blackwood.

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Organised and led by Leeway Productions, 10 Minute Musicals is a series of development projects whereby composers, authors and performers have an opportunity to collaborate and to present a short musical lasting ten minutes.

The project is held three times a year at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff with the intention of encouraging the development of professional musical theatre in Wales.

“This exciting announcement is of huge value to us as a company as we aspire to encourage and nurture new and existing creatives to write for musical theatre in Wales," said director Angharad Lee of Leeway Productions.

“Over the next few months, we will be calling out to creatives who are keen to try their hand at writing a musical, and also, more established artists who may want to upskill and network with new creatives and artists.

“Creative participants can include composers, playwrights, librettists, poets, musician and lyricists and I’m delighted to be able to provide a platform for students as well.

"I am already a course tutor on the Welsh medium BA Performance course at UWTSD in Cardiff and it gives me great pleasure to welcome nine of the students to collaborate with professional practitioners.

“I get to know the students well during their time on the course and it’s fantastic to be able to give them the chance to collaborate with others - and more specifically - to think about how they work together with the people who create theatre.  As performers, they need to be very open when going through the process of developing and creating these new shows and they have to be very willing to experiment.

The students who follow the UWTSD BA Perfformio course study within Canolfan Berfformio Cymru which is located within The Gate Arts Centre in Cardiff.  The fundamental ethos of the programme is to provide a solid technique along with a broad understanding of the creative industries in Wales and beyond.

Given the very practical nature of the degree, students receive a range of opportunities to perform and show their progress on a regular basis – and this is another example of the students benefiting from interesting and varied opportunities to perform and develop skills that will prepare them for the world of theatre.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students who are interested in the world of musicals and a great example of our students gaining experience and new skills during their studies," said Eilir Owen Griffiths, Director of the BA Perfformio course

“Having experience of working with composers and writers as they develop new ideas is going to broaden our students' horizons. I'm so glad that Leeway Productions have invited us to work on this series of 10 Minute Musicals and we look forward very much to seeing what they produce.”

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Angharad is very excited at the thought of all the skills the students - and the more experienced practitioners - will develop when working on this project.

"They will need to collaborate with others whilst developing their current practice, examining of current practice and will provide the support artists need when evolving, progressing and advancing their writing skills for this genre.

“We encourage a continued conversation with creatives and believe that this creative development project is a great springboard towards casting a new light on how you usually work,” adds Angharad.

The students are also delighted to have this unique opportunity as part of their studies.

"It is a privilege to work with Leeway Productions," said Gwenllian Williams, one of the students participating in the project.  “What is great is that we have the opportunity to work on brand new and exciting musicals led by experts from the field."

Leeway Productions will provide robust mentoring support throughout the process, supporting the artists as they find their way through this collaborative way of working.  Sessions in sharing good practice are also held in the Wales Millennium Centre as the process and the work develops.

There will be an opportunity to see 10 Minute Musicals at the Wales Millennium Centre on Sunday, February 25th at 6pm and in the Miners' Institute in Blackwood, on Tuesday, 27th February at 7pm.

For further information about the 10 Minute Musicals project, please contact Angharad Lee by e-mailing angharad@angharadlee 

Further Information

 

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk