Next week theatre and drama students from all over Wales will flock to Caernarfon to take part in a Welsh medium theatre festival specially for students.
Friday, 18 March and Saturday 19 March 2016, Gwyl MAP – meaning Students, Innovating, Performing – will be held at Galeri, Caernarfon. The festival, organised by the University of South Wales and funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, will combine masterclasses with an opportunity to show and discuss a whole range of theatre genres.
Students from Aberystwyth, Bangor, South Wales and Trinity St David universities are participating in the festival and are busily honing their work ready for their performances. This year’s festival will also include a visit to Pontio and Bangor University and seeing Arad Goch’s production ‘Cysgu’n Brysur’. Students will benefit from expert practitioners’ experiences and will have the opportunity to make contacts and discuss ideas with influential individuals working in theatre and drama in Wales.
Sera Moore-Williams, Senior Lecturer (funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol) who is Course Leader for the BA Theatre and Drama at the Univeristy of South Wales and one of the festival organisers said “We are very proud that this year’s festival is going to North Wales for the first time. This is an incredible experience for students across Wales and we are very grateful to the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol for funding Gwyl MAP again this year. Some former theatre and drama students are part of the ‘Cysgu’n Brysur’ cast – what better way to show the opportunities available to Welsh-medium theatre and drama graduates?”.
This year the public are invited to see Aberystwyth University’s production – an adaptation by JM Edwards of Daniel Owen’s novel ‘Rhys Lewis’ – at 12.45pm on Friday 18 March and performances by Bangor, South Wales and Trinity St David students between 9.30am – 2pm on Saturday 19 March 2016..
Students are part of the festival organising committee and have set up a Facebook page and Twitter account www.facebook.com/gwylmap / https://twitter.com/gwylmap
The innovative festival is in its third year after its launch in Aberystywth in 2014 and the Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff in 2015.