Student teachers perform Animal Farm for schools 

STUDENT teachers from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) are bringing a complex novel to life for school pupils around South Wales this week.

The Secondary Drama students will take to the stage to perform George Orwell’s Animal Farm as part of UWIC’s annual Theatre in Education (TiE) project.

Following the daytime performances taking place from Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 March for GCSE and A level pupils from schools including Cardiff High, Chepstow Comprehensive and Lewis Girls, the pupils will take part in interactive drama workshops with UWIC’s students to explore the text further.

The popular TiE project which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, sees the Secondary Drama students put together the entire production in just ten weeks.

Stage Manager Kayleigh Llewellyn said: “There have been 20 of us involved and we each take on a different role to put everything together from scratch. We build the set, do lighting and sound, stage management, design the costumes and are in charge of marketing and publicity.

“We have a budget we have had to stick to and hold production meetings every week to keep everyone on top of their targets – there has been a lot to do in short space of time. The rehearsal process has gone really well and been natural to everybody being drama students, the production side has been more stressful but everything has come together.

“We can’t wait for the performances to start now and are really excited. We have to make it accessible for the secondary education workshop. It is great preparation for our school placements next term.”

Lecturer Meryl Hopwood said: “The students have been very committed, worked very hard and set themselves very high standards. We are all pleased with the outcome.”

There will also be evening performances of Animal Farm on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 March from 7.30pm in the Performing Arts Centre at UWIC’s Cyncoed campus.

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