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Dr. Peter Jachimiak published chapter in Quadrophenia and Mod(ern) Culture book

Posted on December 8, 2017

Dr. Peter Jachimiak has written a chapter for a book entitled “Quadrophenia and Mod(ern) Culture” (“Quadrophilia” was an original album by The Who, and film of 1979). The book was edited by Pamela Thurschwell, and is out on Monday. Full details are here.

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Climate Change Theatre Action 2017

Posted on November 21, 2017

Dr Márta Minier and Prof Giuliano Premier co-produce climate change related workshop style reading to participate in an international playreading scheme as part of the Climate Change Theatre Action 2017 on 21 November at 3pm in Chapter Arts Centre. Students from our Performance and the Global Society module are contributing:

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Wales Media Awards 2018

Posted on November 17, 2017

Dr Rob Campbell, ASM for Broadcasting & Journalism, has been invited to take part on the judging panel for the Wales Media Awards 2018.

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Community Music Wales

Posted on November 17, 2017

Dr Rob Smith is working with Community Music Wales (24th November – 2nd December) on a project called Biophony, working with emerging composers to create music from wild encounters and field recordings in the Brecon Beacons.

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Prof Paul Carr is mentioned in today's South Wales Echo (p.7)

Posted on November 16, 2017

USW Professor Paul Carr is mentioned in today’s South Wales Echo (p.7) about his project on the “lost” history of popular music in Merthyr through a performance by local schoolchildren. The performance is taking place as part of this years Being Human Festival, in partnership with First Campus and Merthyr Library Services on 25 November in Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil.

For tickets and further details about the performance, please see here.

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Bringing Merthyr’s musical memories to life

Posted on November 1, 2017

Photo Credit: Alan Crompton

The musical history of Merthyr will be played out by the young people of the town at an event at Theatre Soar on Saturday, November 25 (1-3.30pm).

Part of the international Being Human Festival, the University of South Wales (USW) event is open to anyone wanting to find out more about the music scene in Merthyr in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

As part of the festival, USW’s Professor Paul Carr is working with a number of local schools to bring alive the ‘lost history’ of popular music in the town.

Prof Carr has been collecting the memories of the community, which witnessed the music first-hand. The school children will recreate these memories via dramatic interpretations.

Alongside six other projects from around the UK, the initiative was chosen to be showcased at Senate House in London earlier this year.

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Dr Rob Smith and Dr Adeola Dewis participated in the ‘Route to Roots’ exhibition

Posted on October 31, 2017

Dr Rob Smith and Dr Adeola Dewis participated in the exhibition, ‘Route to Roots’ at a pop-up version of Ffotogallery in the Angel Hotel on Castle Street. The exhibition featured costume, music, photos and video from a project this summer investigating the ritual roots of Carnival.

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Dr Márta Minier participated in a question and answer session about the new production of The Cherry Orchard at the Sherman Theatre

Posted on October 26, 2017

Dr Márta Minier participated as a translation and adaptation specialist in a question and answer session about the new production of The Cherry Orchard at the Sherman Theatre on 19 October.

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PhD student Gareth Bonello has won the Welsh Music Prize

Posted on October 23, 2017

PhD student Gareth Bonello (FCI) has won the Welsh Music Prize under his band name The Gentle Good. More info available here.

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Dr Peter Jachimiak contributed to a discussion about the impact of Tom Petty

Posted on October 16, 2017

Dr Peter Jachimiak contributed to a discussion about the impact of Tom Petty, on Discussions Magazine with more than a million readers. Peter is also contributing regularly to the fanzine Subbaculture about the look/sound of (very) early Manic Street Preachers.

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Michael Carklin facilitated a drama-based workshop at Mind

Posted on October 16, 2017

Michael Carklin facilitated a drama-based workshop at Mind, the mental health charity in London, exploring views on mental health with staff and service users.

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Dr Robert Smith appeared on the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on October 10, 2017

Dr Robert Smith, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, appeared on the Roy Noble show on BBC Radio Wales on Sunday, discussing his upcoming project Wonderbrass – a celebration event to mark 25 years of the band’s music in South Wales, which takes place in The Gate, Cardiff, this Saturday.

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Dr Robert Campbell appeared on Good Morning Wales (BBC Radio Wales)

Posted on October 6, 2017

Dr Robert Campbell appeared on Good Morning Wales (BBC Radio Wales) on Thursday morning talking about the problems of and answers to fake news during the Las Vegas shooting.

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Professor Paul Carr launched his book Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold with a series of events in Newcastle

Posted on October 5, 2017

Professor Paul Carr launched his book Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold with a series of events in Newcastle. The first event was with Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw on the tour bus Tyne Idols, where Professor Carr presented the book at the Gosforth Hotel. The official launch took place in the new Wallsend Library, in Sting’s hometown. Over the coming months, he is doing other talks in Newcastle, in addition to Bournemouth and Bristol University.

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USW PhD student Denis Cryer-Lennon published post on the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog

Posted on September 19, 2017

Our drama PhD student Denis Cryer-Lennon has recently published reflections on the open panel of the Performer Training Working Group at the 2017 TaPRA conference in Salford in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog.

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