BA Acting student sets up her own theatre company.


22.07.2021

A BA Acting student from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has set up her own theatre company with a fellow student after graduating due to a lack of opportunities within the performing arts industry as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Elicia Axon

With theatres and venues closed, members of the industry have used their skills and talent to bring theatre and entertainment to people in their homes.  For Carmarthen graduate Elicia Axon it inspired her to set up her own company with fellow Acting graduate Alexander Rice.

‘Badger Sett Productions’ aims to support emerging writers, directors, actors and designers, and both Elicia and Alexander have pledged that with every new project created they will hire at least one emerging creative talent.

Elicia says: “Because of the Covid 19 pandemic there are less jobs in an already extremely competitive industry. We didn’t want to sit around and wait for something to happen, instead we’re making something happen. Our first project is a pub tour in England. I can’t give too much away as it’s still in the works but it’s extremely exciting to be working on something so soon after graduation. we’re extremely lucky to have the support we do.”

Elicia transferred to the BA Acting course at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus after having spent a year at another University, before realising that it was not the place for her. She already knew that UWTS’s reputation was very good, but she never considered studying in her hometown.

Elicia said: “I remember watching a studio production that UWTSD actors had produced that same year and knew instantly that this was where I was meant to be. It was an extremely professional production with great set, lighting, costumes and you could see that all the actors took pride in what they were doing.”

Elicia chose to study Acting because it made her happy and wanted to spend three years doing something that would make her smile every day. She enjoyed every aspect of it from reading and analysing scripts, to improvisation and movement.

"I chose this specific course at UWTSD because of its reputation and professionalism. At UWTSD you’re getting conservatoire training in a university setting. It’s the best of both worlds because you’re up on your feet being practical whilst learning the theory behind things.”

The course also enabled Elicia to work with external practitioners. “During your second and third year each module is taught by industry professionals. This industry is all about connections, making friends and collaborating, and so it's great that we can start doing that while at University. We can connect with them and potentially work with them further along in our career. They know how the industry runs so you’re essentially working in a professional rehearsal room from the get-go, preparing you for the future.”

During her studies, the University has offered Elicia constant support and nurturing, whilst also allowing her to be independent.

“You learn a lot about yourself when you’re encouraged to make your own decisions. So, modules like improvisation and devising, absurd, television and radio, where we had creative freedom to produce our own work was really beneficial. The University always has something going on, be it an event or a society or a fundraiser, things that encourage you to put yourself out there, to push you out of your comfort zone but in a safe environment.” Elicia adds.

Elicia considers herself to be lucky that she’s had tutors who have always gone above and beyond for their students. She knew that any problem she had would be solved, just by having a conversation.

“The University staff are all very well connected and informed so if I went to someone and they couldn’t help I’d always be referred to someone new. I never felt alone. The University even provided me with a laptop in February so I could continue to study at home with ease.”

Over the past three years, Elicia has seen herself growing in confidence. Before starting at UWTSD, she had no confidence in her abilities, she’d often say no to opportunities as she thought she wasn’t good enough or didn’t have the correct skill set. Now, Elicia jumps at every opportunity!

“I’m able to sell myself and recognise that even though I might be scared or nervous, learning new skills and pushing myself is important for growth.”

“I can’t thank the staff of the performing arts department at UWTSD enough for everything they’ve done for me. I am forever grateful to UWTSD for three amazing years of education. Thank you!”

Further Information

Lowri Thomas, Principal Communications and PR Officer 

07449 998476 / lowri.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk