Press Releases 2014-2015

Successful Main House Theatre Shows at UWTSD


University of Wales Trinity Saint David third year students from the School of Performing Arts have completed production of three Main House theatre shows in the Halliwell Theatre on the Carmarthen Campus.

The Sea

The shows comprised of Innocence directed by Ioan Hefin, Antigone/The Burial at Thebes directed by Lynne Seymour and The Sea directed by Dr Jim McCarthy. They were produced  by the School of Performing Arts between January and March this year.

Stacey-Jo Atkinson, Theatre Design and Production Lecturer said:

“The Main House shows have been a huge success and we are all very proud of the hard work and commitment given from our students. Acting students rehearsed for 4 to 5 weeks on each of the shows whilst the Theatre Design and Production students worked on producing the sets, costumes, props, lighting, sound and projection.

“Throughout the three years studying either Acting or Theatre Design and Production at UWTSD, the students acquire a range of transferable skills, which will equip them for a full-on and practical third year. Year three consists of producing professional productions in a variety of styles – Touring Theatre, Main-House Theatre and Site-specific Theatre, all of which have different demands and boundaries.

“The year three students are now commencing their final chapter within the school by producing a collaborative devised piece to accompany the celebrations for Kidwelly 900, which will be spread across Kidwelly and the Tin Plate Industrial Museum.”

Kidwelly 900 is a community initiative established to arrange a year of celebrations during 2015, the year in which they celebrate 900 years of the town’s history.

The School of Performing Arts will present a theatrical bus journey around  Kidwelly inspired by 900 years of local history on the 22nf and 23rd of May. There will also be promenade performances at  Kidwelly  Industrial Museum on the 24th and 25th of May.

 The School of Performing Arts at UWTSD offers degree programmes through the medium of Welsh and English, including Acting, Design & Production, Musical Performance, Dance and Creative Media.

All programmes are designed to develop students as industry-ready, creative practitioners. The School sits at the cultural heart of the University with a wide range of theatre professionals contributing to the programmes as tutors, directors, designers and musical directors.

Ioan Hefin, BA Acting lecturer at UWTSD who has worked as a professional actor since 1986 and recently starred in a Tim Burton film, said:

“I’m a strong believer that anyone delivering performance industry within higher education should also directly engage with the industry because things are constantly developing and changing, the relationship between the educational world and the vocational world needs to be continually re-defined.

“One of the modules I cover is ‘Performance Industry’, where we can discuss the realities of the industry from the perspective of a practitioner. I’m able to draw on my personal experiences and hopefully give students a realistic idea of what to expect and prepare for.”

The School of Performing Arts is located within the Faculty of Performance on the Carmarthen campus. The emphasis on collaboration between practitioners from different disciplines creates an environment in which students can safely explore and experiment.

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  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