Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Lecturer Starring in a Tim Burton Film


A highly respected lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) will be starring in Tim Burton’s adaption of Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children along with a star studded cast including Samuel L Jackson, Eva Green, Dame Judi Dench and Rupert Everett.

Ioan HefinThe film, titled Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars, is due for release in 2016 and is expected to draw in a mammoth audience due to the popularity of Ransom Riggs’ book, it was a New York Times best seller and reached the number one spot on the Children's Chapter Books list.

Ioan Hefin, BA Acting lecturer at UWTSD who has worked as a professional actor since 1986, began filming this week and will spend two weeks on location over the next month.

As a lecturer who is also very active in the field of acting, Ioan is able to provide his students with real life advice and knowledge on the industry.

Ioan said:

“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 BA Acting course at UWTSD is an innovative programme designed for students who aspire to a career in the performance industry. The degree balances vocational actor training, contextual study and the creative exploration of performance theory.

Ioan continued:

“It is important that students understand the nature of the industry they’re getting into. They need to persist and keep going in order to accomplish their ambitions and maintain their commitment. Acting is a vocation and a passion, but not always an income stream. There is no ‘formula’ to success in this industry, as an actor you never know how things will work out.

“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.”

Ioan’s vast array of professional work covers radio, film, television and corporate work including; ‘You Should Ask Wallace’ (Theatr na nOg) that celebrated the life of one of the 19th century's most remarkable Welsh intellectuals - Alfred Russel Wallace. The one-man show toured the UK, Rio de Janeiro and Singapore between 2009 and 2014 performing to over 25,000 young people. He won the inaugural award for ‘Inspirational Educator’ at the Young Critics Theatre Awards for his role in the show.

His other works include ‘Hinterland’ (Fiction Factory/BBC) ‘The Darkest Day’ (Lindisfarne Films), The Verb (BBC Radio 3), ‘Aiden Melberg’ (BBC Radio Cymru), ‘The Boy who went fishing for compliments’ (RBC), ’Teulu’ (S4C), ‘Gwaith Cartref’ (S4C) and ‘Pen Talar’ (S4C).

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