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UWTSD Introduces a New Musical Theatre Course Through the Medium of Welsh

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The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is looking forward to introducing a BA Musical Theatre course through the medium of Welsh for the next academic year.  

This will be the first course of its type through the medium of Welsh where it will be possible for students to study all styles of musical theatre in their mother tongue.  This new degree will prepare students for the industry in a practical learning environment, giving them the opportunity via professional training to learn and develop their acting, singing and dancing skills.

The course will be located in the brand new home of the Wales Academy of Voice and Dramatic Arts, University of Wales Trinity Saint David in the middle of the city of Cardiff, where there is a collection of bespoke studios for rehearsal and performance, and first class resources.

Course Director Eilir Owen Griffiths, said:  

“This is a new chapter for the Wales Academy of Voice and Dramatic Arts, and we are delighted to introduce a brand new course – the only one of its type in Wales through the medium of Welsh that focusses completely on Musical Theatre. Over the last five years the provision has developed substantially in Cardiff, and this new degree is vitally important to the portfolio.”

By working with professionals from the industry, the BA Theatr Gerddorol will offer young performers an excellent course of study which has a specific focus that is relevant to the industry.   The course lecturers are dedicated to developing creative artists who are independent thinkers; artists who are relevant to the industry.”

Several prominent Welsh Speaking alumni have graduated from the Wales Academy of Voice and Dramatic Arts, and have succeeded in being a part of the cast of West End shows, including Joey Cornish as Frankie Valli in the musical ‘Jersey Boys’, Glain Rhys in ‘The Secret Garden', Celyn Cartwright in ‘Riverdance’, Levi Johnson in ‘Choir of Man’, and Siôn Emlyn Williams in ‘The Corn is Green’ with the National Theatre.

 Eilir Owen Griffiths added:  

“Since establishing the BA Perfformio course in 2015 the provision has gone from strength to strength. It is great to see that so many of our alumni are securing posts throughout Wales, as well as treading the boards of the West End. Being able to offer a degree that concentrates on such a popular subject, and which is through the medium of Welsh, is able to open many more doors and opportunities for students to develop their craft.”