Welsh-medium Performance students stage the work of former University student.


07.06.2021

Students studying the Welsh-medium BA Perfformio degree in Cardiff have the opportunity to perform a new play written specifically for them.

Cuddio

The play ‘Cuddio’ was performed at the Chapter Centre in Cardiff on Friday, June 4th and Saturday, June 5th.

Canolfan Berfformio Cymru, part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, has commissioned Lowri Morgan, a former student of the department, to write the play ‘Cuddio’, which has been inspired by themes relating to contemporary student life.

When Lowri started the work of scripting the play, she spent time with the students prior to the introduction of the pandemic restrictions, and then virtually, to see what themes were important to them, and what was missing on the Welsh stage, with a view to creating a performance that the students would be able to identify with.

The play is set in a house party where there are six characters, and at the beginning of the play it becomes clear that one of the characters has died. The circumstances of the death are dubious as no-one remembers what happened as a result of the party. Throughout the play the characters re-visit the evening, and guide the audience through the characters' journey.

According to the author, Lowri Morgan: “I really wanted to write something that was realistic for students to act. I decided to write about a group of students, and it follows a lot of themes that people experience and deal with at University, such as the relationship with alcohol and drug management, gender, sexuality.”

“I also wanted to include LGBT characters, because I feel it needs to be seen more and normalised on stage, and the students felt the same… that it was missing in Welsh theatre.”

 

Cast Cuddio

The students have had the opportunity to work with the director Steffan Donnelly. Rachel Phelps, one of the actors performing said, "It has been a pleasure to work with the director, Steffan Donnelly. He has a unique way of working, and the ability to bring the best out of everyone, but also to push us to try new things. I have thoroughly enjoyed this process.”  

The course was established in 2015 and this is now the third work to be commissioned. Rachel says "This experience has been so exciting. I've never had the opportunity to work on a brand new show before so I feel very proud to have had the opportunity to work on CUDDIO.  The show suits me and my fellow students down to the ground. I can really identify with the characters and the story, and I also think it's so important that Lowri has provided a platform for people's lives within the LGBTQ+ society."

As a former student of the BA Perfformio course and also the MA Perfformio course, Lowri is very grateful to the University for the opportunities provided to her over the years, and also that the link between them continues. "It's been nice to have the relationship with the University, and to know that they are there.  I feel I have a lot of support there. I'm nervous about the opening night, but I know I have a cushion of people there supporting me as well, and that's nice.  The staff are always willing to help people at the start of their career, and it's nice to have those contacts who know what you can already do, and can give you the right advice. ”

 Eilir Owen Griffiths, Director of Canolfan Berfformio Cymru, said "We are so pleased to have the opportunity to stage this production of a former student's work. It has been a challenging time but we have done our best to ensure positive experiences for our students to apply their performance skills.”

Cuddio.

Note to Editor

If you would like to learn more about the BA Perfformio course, go to http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/cbc    

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