Hello, shwd mae (hello in Welsh)! I hope that your first week of lectures went well for all you Freshers! Mine was very interesting but quite daunting with every lecture stressing the obscene amount of work we had to do by the end of this year; but it all sounds very exciting! My final project as a Drama, Theatre and Media student is to create a theatre company along with my fellow students and perform our own production, written and directed by us. This all sounds very exciting but challenging but anything is better than having to hide in your room for hours on end writing a dissertation.
Also this week I went to see two Shakespeare productions. One in Stratford Upon Avon which is Shakespeare’s birth place of course and the other in Bangor; resulting in us sitting on a bus for a whole 15 hours all together! No lie, it nearly killed me! The production we went to see in Stratford was The Tempest and was performed by The Royal Shakespeare Company; it was amazing! The acting, staging and costume was just fantastic. The other production was the exact same play but translated for the very first time in Welsh, which was called Y Storm by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. This was a very unique production as of course it was the very first welsh Shakespeare play and also it had a circus theme to it, so there were people using circus ropes, doing tricks with fire and also a lot of physical and acrobatic movements implemented in the performance. It was visually outstanding. I’ve posted a few photos of both productions to give you an idea. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of the actual performance of Y Storm to show you the fun circus atmosphere, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!
I thoroughly enjoyed both productions and was a great two days off uni, but of course at University you don’t get day trips purely for fun. There’s always an essay that follows the productions you’ve seen and this day trip is no exception to the rule. But having seen the productions now is going to be a great help while writing the essay as we’ve actually experienced the productions for ourselves. Also the two productions gave us some ideas for our final performance. Not only were the two days out great for our learning and understanding of the plays but was great socially as well as it was a great way on us getting to know the first years a bit better; and as a result we’ve already organised a night out for us all to get to know each other even better. Basically, the moral of this blog is to go on every field trip or event your course asks you to go to especially if you’re a first year as you will learn loads and actually have a good laugh and get to know your peers a bit better too.
So that was my week, let me know how your first week of university went. I’d love to know. So just give me a tweet or drop me a comment on Facebook! J
Laters peeps, hwyl am y tro! Sian x