Press Releases 2014-2015

Unknown Pleasures Performance Returns to UWTSD


Gerald Tyler (left, standing) directs UWTSD students in the Taliesin Arts Centre.

Innovative theatre-maker Gerald Tyler and final-year students from the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices (CCPP) at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in Swansea are preparing to present the latest instalment of the ‘Unknown Pleasures’ series.

‘Unknown Pleasures’ is an annual professional partnership between an experimental Welsh practitioner, Taliesin Arts Centre and UWTSD Swansea's performing arts programme. It is an idea originally conceived by Volcano Theatre Company.

The performance, entitled ‘Ignorance’, is written and directed by Gerald Tyler and is an attempt to stage a non-ironic “full fat” sci-fi theatre performance. It will take place on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May at the Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea. Each performance starts at 7:30pm and lasts approximately sixty minutes. Tickets for the show, £7 and £5 for concessions, can be purchased via the Taliesin Arts Centre on 01792 602060.

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Audience capacity is limited and there will be some standing, for those who are able. It is possible that an actor might “touch” members of the audience during the performance.

An intriguing prelude to the performances asks ‘what would it be like - if you’d never actually seen the sky but had only heard about it in stories? Imagine if you had never walked in long grass or heard real thunder; if you’d never smelled the summer breeze roll inland off the sea. What if you’d never met a stranger or stroked a dog or had never been caught out in the rain and what if all you really knew of the outside was what you’d been told by people who’d been there? And what if those people had lied? What would it be like - if you didn’t know anything for certain, if you didn’t know anything at all?’.

Gerald Tyler is an independent theatre maker based in Cardiff. His early performance history in Wales was with Earthfall, Brith Gof and Man Act whilst his production and technical CV begins earlier with Diversions, CPR, Chapter and the Magdalena Project. He started producing his own work in the late 1990’s, subsequently producing a series of mostly site-specific “theatre noir” works including collaborations with Eddie Ladd, Sean Tuan John, Caroline Sabin and National Theatre Wales.

Gerald Tyler said: “I wanted to find out if it was possible to at least approach the sci-fi genre on stage without irony or tin foil. I’m not sure what we’ve made together is indeed science fiction but it’s certainly not bedroom farce. I also wanted to use the space at Taliesin in a less conventional way, which I think we have done. The process has been great fun already and I’m looking forward to seeing what finally hits the stage at the end of it.”

Jason Benson, UWTSD Performing Arts Programme Director, said: “Every year the Unknown Pleasures projects have been wonderfully successful. They are a unique fusion of professional exploration and student engagement. Each year, the CCPP approach a different professional artist. Their remit is to create experimental innovative theatre. Therefore the ethos is one of creative risk which we hope influences the students connected with the project, and makes for unique, original and exciting work.”

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.

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