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RWCMD Leads the Way for New Writing     

As part of the Soho Writers' Festival, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) will be performing Blackout at the Soho Theatre on Tuesday 28 October 2003 and thereby strengthening its successful and innovative collaborative history with the London-based writers' theatre.
Blackout has been especially commissioned by RWMCD and is the product of a unique collaboration between the College and the Soho Theatre. Blackout has been written by Dennis Kelly ("undoubtedly a name to watch" – Time Out) and directed by Tessa Walker.
RWCMD has an ongoing commitment to commissioning new works, both in English and Welsh and has, to date, commissioned 8 full-length plays and 8 short films in the past nine years through collaborations with BBC Wales, Blast Films (The BAFTA award-winning Tales from Pleasure Beach), Sgript Cymru (3 original Welsh-language plays), Cyfle and Sgrin (8 short films as part of the On Your Marks Film Project). The College is currently collaborating with BBC Wales and Boomerang TV on the development of a new series set in the Gower Peninsula. The College sees the creative process as an important part of the students' vocational training at RWCMD.
Dave Bond, Head of Acting at RWCMD said "The College wishes to be recognised as a creative force both within Wales and internationally. We are not content to service the needs of the profession. We wish to influence that profession - a number of our students have already gone to write and produce their own material." Commissioning both plays and films is a practical way of going about this, as well as encouraging our acting students to bring something fresh to their work. Directors constantly allude to how RWCMD students are identifiable through their passion, spirit of enquiry, inventiveness and lack of preciousness.

Maggie Russell, Head of Talent at BBC Wales said "The College enjoys an excellent reputation in the profession, and has become known for producing performers who are confident and relaxed within themselves, but with a real passion for acting and not fame for its own sake."
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