AT THE END of this month, third year students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s School of Performing Arts will be taking part in three theatre performances at Calon Y Feri, Ferryside Education Centre.
All of the performances have been devised and created by final year students from the BA Acting and BA Theatre Design & Production degree courses at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and will be open to the public from May 27th – 30th. The students will be performing each show once every day – the first at 2pm, the second at 5pm and the final one at 7pm. “The School of Performing Arts has a long tradition of working in partnership with communities to produce exciting and accessible theatre,” says Mark Kelly, Head of the School of Performing Arts at UWTSD.
“We’re excited this year to be working with Ferryside Social Enterprise Group, and look forward to helping to bring awareness to their efforts to rejuvenate this site for both current and future generations.” Mike Kenny’s adaptation of The Stories of Hans Christian Anderson will be the first of the three productions to take place each day at 2pm. Suitable for the whole family, the production tells the story of the famous Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. Having written some of the world’s best-known fairytales, including Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid and the Emperor’s New Clothes, this show will explore how the writer struggled with his family, his education and his place within society.
Hans Christian Anderson wanted to be a poet, a singer, a novelist, an actorand throughout this story we see him question the world around him. This clever and witty script, directed by Lynne Seymour, sees many actors take on the role of Anderson at the same time representing the many sides of his personality. The second performance is Wave Me Goodbye – a journey through the lives of those who find it hard to leave the air, the sea and the land of Ferryside. Suitable for those aged 12 and over, this production sees a collection of characters – some you may or may not recognise – navigate their way through the site and invite you to listen to their stories. Here, the students will tell extraordinary stories in an extraordinary setting. Time moves on, landscapes alter, memories fade.
When all is changing, what remains? Written and performed by the cast, and directed by Cari Munn, Wave Me Goodbye is an exploration of what it means to truly belong. The production will start at 5pm. The final production – We The Jury – is an immersive theatrical experience, directed by Shane Nickels, where the decisions you make affect the outcomes of the trial. You will be asked to join the Jury at The Court Of The Spoken Truth. Can you see the Truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Innocent or Guilty? You decide. We The Jury will be performed each day at 7pm and is suitable for those aged 16 and over.