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RWCMD Is At The Forefront of Cutting-Edge New Welsh Drama     

RWCMD Is At The Forefront of Cutting-Edge New Welsh Drama Dysgu Hedfan (Learning to fly) is RWCMD’s brand-new drama for 2005, in association with ‘sgript cymru’. The play opens in the College's Bute Theatre on February 8 2005 before touring to Cardigan.

As with all RWCMD’s commissions, this contemporary new play by Geraint Lewis and directed by Elen Bowman, has been written specifically for our welsh language acting students. Catrin Llwyd, RWCMD’s Senior Lecturer in Acting (Welsh language), says

"The experience of having a play written specifically for the students and working so closely with the author in the development of the piece is absolutely invaluable and completely unique here in Wales. The authors are always ready to support the work of the student designers and stage managers so all students benefit and have access to original work."

Playwright Geraint Lewis, whose recent credits include storylining the 30 year centenary anniversary weeks of ‘Pobol y Cwm’ and having his novel ‘Daw Eto Haul’ listed as one of the Academi Books of the Year during 2004, says that the commission was very different. ‘I knew early on that I’d be writing for three females, early twenties. But in many ways rather than restricting things it opened up possibilities for me. It channelled me in a certain direction and possibly made me write about subjects, such as the binge drinking associated with a laddette culture, that I might not have otherwise approached.’ ‘It’s certainly a worthwhile venture and hopefully the students will get a flavour of what it’s like to work in the professional theatre.’

In addition to commissioning new Welsh Language drama, RWCMD has also commissioned a number of welsh translations including, 'A View from the Bridge' Dros Bont Brooklyn, by Arthur Miller and ‘Doll's House' Ty Dol, by Henrik Ibsen, translated by Sion Eirian which have now been selected as set texts for the GCSE and 'A' Level syllabus.



Dysgu Hedfan (Learning to fly)
By Geraint Lewis
Directed by Elen Bowman

College days are the best of your life, or so they say.

Indeed, Catrin and Helen live their lives to the full whilst studying. One of the men in Helen’s life, Steve, is a flying instrucor whilst Catrin develops a taste for speed dating. When another student, Catrin’s cousin Lowri, comes to live with them, surely there are more hilarious nights out on the horizon?

This is not the case, however, as Lowri has a different outlook on life. And more importantly she harbours a secret that will eventually shatter all three of the women’s lives...


Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 February 2005 @ 7.30pm
Matinee Thursday 10 February 2005 @ 2.30pm
Bute Theatre, RWCMD
£6, £4 & £2 concessions
RWCMD Box Office 029 20391391
www.rwcmd.ac.uk

Saturday 12 February 2005 @ 7.40pm
Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan
£7, £5 concession (additional £3 discount for group bookings of 5+)
Box Office 012398 621200
www.mwldan.co.uk


Geraint Lewis
Originally from Tregaron, Ceredigion, he has been writing professionally for twenty years, mainly for television. His specialist interest is comedy, where he was responsible for writing popular programmes like ‘Slac yn Dynn’ and ‘Smithfield’. He has also written extensively for children, including ‘Yr Enwog Wmffre Hargwyn’ and ‘Y Meicrosgop Hud’ as well as storylining and scripting for two of S4C’s most successful series, ‘Pobol y Cwm’ and ‘Iechyd Da’. His theatre plays include ‘Y Cinio’, ‘Y Groesffordd’ (the Bro Dinefwr National Eisteddfod Drama Commission, 1996), ‘The Language of Heaven’ and ‘Meindiwch Eich Busnes’ (all for ‘Dalier Sylw’) and ‘Ysbryd Beca’ and ‘Dosbarth’ (the St David’s National Eisteddfod Drama Commission 2002), both for ‘sgriptcymru’. Three of the above plays have been published, namely ‘Y Cinio’, ‘Ysbryd Beca’ and ‘Dosbarth’ as well as a volume of short stories, ‘Y Malwod’ and the novel ‘X’. His latest novel ‘Daw Eto Haul‘ (Carreg Gwalch) was long listed as one of the Academi Books of the Year during 2004.



Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD)

Set in the picturesque grounds of Cardiff Castle in the heart of the Welsh capital, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) is the National Conservatoire of Wales, offering specialist conservatoire training to those wishing to pursue professional performance and performance-related careers. RWCMD™s unique combination of courses includes undergraduate and postgraduate degree and diploma programmes in music, music therapy, acting, stage management, theatre design and arts management.

The College has one of the smallest intakes of any UK conservatoire, and is able to offer an outstanding level and broad range of performance opportunity. With over 300 performances a year, the College is one of the busiest arts centres in the country. Students on all courses benefit directly from the extensive experience of the College's well-established staff, which includes some of the UK's leading performers and practitioners. There are 550 students at the College - approximately one third studying drama subjects and two- thirds, music. Just over a quarter of the students are postgraduates. The Junior Music and Access Studies (JMAS) is an exciting and rapidly expanding part of the National Conservatoire of Wales.
RWCMD™s degree programmes are validated by the University of Wales.
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