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Dr Peter Jachimiak has written a chapter for a book entitled Quadrophenia and Modern Culture

January 17, 2018

Dr Peter Jachimiak has written a chapter for a book entitled Quadrophenia and Modern Culture (“Quadrophilia” was an original album by The Who, and film of 1979). The book was edited by Pamela Thurschwell and published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr. Damon Minchella has written a chapter in the Bloomsbury edited book

January 17, 2018

MMD member Dr Damon Minchella| has written a chapter in the Bloomsbury edited book: Critical Approaches to the Production of Music and Sound. Damon is also currently recording with Israeli rock star Schlomi and Rolling Stones producer Chris Potter this week.

Prof. Paul Carr presented paper at Popular Music conference in New Zealand

January 5, 2018

Prof. Paul Carr is off to New Zealand at Massey University in Wellington, presenting at the ‘Mixing Pop and Politics’: Subversion, Resistance and Reconciliation in Popular Music conference. His paper is entitled ‘The Lost and Found Musical History of Merthyr Tydfil’.

Dr Christina Papagiannouli published chapter on Internet, Theatre and the Public Voice

January 5, 2018

Dr Christina Papagiannouli had a chapter on ‘Internet, Theatre and the Public Voice’ published in Ananda Breed and Tim Prentki (eds.) Performance and Civic Engagement book (Palgrave Macmillan).

Dr Rebecca Williams published chapter

January 5, 2018

Dr Rebecca Williams had a chapter on ‘Fan Tourism and Pilgrimage’ published in this big new Routledge edited collection.

Dr Rob Campbell on Fake News

January 5, 2018

Dr Rob Campbell gave a Facebook live lecture on Fake News, which had 2.5k views within 48 hours!

Dr Rob Smith worked with Community Music Wales on Biophony

January 5, 2018

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

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

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.

Climate Change Theatre Action 2017

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:

Wales Media Awards 2018

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.

Community Music Wales

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.

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

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.

Bringing Merthyr’s musical memories to life

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.

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

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.

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

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.

PhD student Gareth Bonello has won the Welsh Music Prize

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.

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

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.

Michael Carklin facilitated a drama-based workshop at Mind

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Prof Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello (FCI) appeared on All India Radio yesterday evening

September 7, 2017

Prof Lisa Lewis and PhD student Gareth Bonello (FCI) appeared on All India Radio yesterday evening, discussing the Welsh and Khasi cultural dialogues project and the role of literature in the preservation of culture.

Professor Lisa Lewis was interviewed by The Shillong Time

July 26, 2017

Professor Lisa Lewis was interviewed by The Shillong Times (largest newspaper in north east India) about a performance of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues project, held in Shillong last week.

Professor Lisa Lewis appeared on Indian television on Sunday

July 18, 2017

Professor Lisa Lewis, appeared on Indian television on Sunday, on DD National TV Network and North East Indian cable channel PCN, to discuss the Leverhulme Trust funded research project Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues, a project in film and performance investigating the shared cultural relationship between Wales and India. Lisa is currently running workshops with actors in Meghalaya, north east India.

Prof. Paul Carr publishes book on Pop icon Sting

July 3, 2017

Professor Paul Carr’s monograph of Pop icon Sting is released on August 1st. Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Police, Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold is the first book to examine the relationship between Sting’s working-class background in Newcastle and the creativity and inspiration behind his music. Focusing on the sometimes-blurry borderlines between nostalgia, facts, imagination and memories – as told by Sting, the people who knew (and know) him, and those who have written about him – Carr investigates the often complex resonance between local boy Gordon Sumner and the star the world knows as Sting. In doing so, the book highlights the ‘hidden history’ behind the processes and products of Sting’s creativity. Professor Carr is doing a number of book launches in Newcastle, including Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, towards the end of the year.

The book is available for preorder from Amazon.

Being Human Festival in Merthyr Tydfil

July 3, 2017

Professor Paul Carr has been awarded funds from the AHRC to take part in this year’s Being Human Festival. The UK wide festival takes place between November 17th – 25th and deals with the broad theme of ‘lost and found’. During the week of activities professor Carr is working in partnership with stakeholders such as First Campus, Merthyr Tydfil Libraries, Theatre Soar and a number of local schools to bring alive the ‘lost history’ of popular music in Merthyr Tydfil, between the years 1955 to 1975. After collecting the memories of the community who witnessed the music first hand, the project proceeds to facilitate school children to recreate the memories via dramatic interpretations. These interpretations will be showcased in Theatre Soar on November 25th to the general public, alongside community interviews and digital recordings. Alongside six other projects from around the UK, the initiative was chosen to be showcased at Senate House in London on June 26th.

Dr Rob Campbell is interviewed in today’s South Wales Argus

May 30, 2017

Dr Rob Campbell, Academic Manager for Broadcasting & Journalism at USW, is interviewed in today’s South Wales Argus (p.62) in a feature on how the regional newspaper industry may change in the future.

Dr Andy Smith presents paper at the BFI symposium in London

May 16, 2017

Dr Andy Smith, Associate Head of the School of Music and Performance at the University of South Wales, is going to be delivering a paper titled “Which shall prevail?” Doppelgängers and Duality in the work of David Rudkin at the BFI symposium in London on 10 June 2017.

Dr Márta Minier co-organises a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day in memory of Zoltán Kodály

April 27, 2017

Dr Márta Minier, an active member of the Music Media Drama Research Group, is involved as a consultant co-organiser and educator in a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day organised in memory of eminent Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltán Kodály (6 May 2017, Canton Uniting Church, Cardiff). In 2017 Hungarians commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kodaly’s death, who pioneered a music education system – the famous Kodály Method – that revolutionised the teaching of music to children well beyond his native Hungary. Kodály, who is equally reputed as a composer, a folk song collector and a pedagogue, is a Hungarian cultural export much appreciated in Wales. Testimony to this is the Kodaly Violin School based in Carmarthenshire, who are co-organisers of this bilingual event. Dr Minier’s expertise in Hungarian studies and in education is pivotal to the event.

Prof. Ruth McElroy talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

April 27, 2017

Professor Ruth McElroy, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

She told BBC Wales: “We have seen a great deal of closures of local newspapers. That’s been a long-standing theme, and it’s been greater in Wales than in the rest of the UK.

“I think what we have to do is be realistic that we are now in a digital age, and that modes of news delivery might be different in the future.”

She added ministers should be more prepared to intervene to support media in Wales.

“There definitely is a place for government intervention. I think that sometimes, in the UK, we have been hostile to that, almost ideologically.

“In other parts of the world they are not, and they are reaping the benefits as a result.”

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales

April 26, 2017

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee featured on BBC Radio Wales’ Telling Tales programme to talk about the value of storytelling and how the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Centre shares the legacy of oral historian George Ewart Evans.

Dr Paul Carr appeared on ITV Wales and BBC Radio Wales.

April 25, 2017

Dr Paul Carr, Reader in Popular Music Analysis and steering group member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of South Wales, appeared on ITV Wales to discuss the decline of live music venues in Wales.

Dr Carr also appeared on the Owen Money show on BBC Radio Wales to talk about his new project looking at music in Merthyr Tydfil between 1955 and 1975.

Dr Paul Carr features in an interview on Welsh Connections

April 25, 2017

Paul Carr with Mike Kennedy, 02/04/16 : Merthyr Rising !

BA Theatr a Drama students appeared on S4C’s Prynhawn Da

April 24, 2017

Hanna Rowcliffe and Alyssa Williams, third year BA Theatr a Drama students, appeared on S4C’s Prynhawn Da to discuss and promote their upcoming original show ‘365’, which will be performed in the Cardiff Campus between 30 April and 2 May.

Wyn Mason travels to China to cast Chinese actor for his Rhith Gân / Song of Illusion play

March 22, 2017

Glen Manby's new album was recommended as jazz album of the week in The Observer

February 21, 2017

Music lecturer Glen Manby (FCI)’s new album, Homecoming, was recommended as jazz album of the week in The Observer on Sunday.

The Glen Manby Quintet. Photograph: Glen Manby

USW student Katie Alcock featured on Pontypridd Observer

February 15, 2017

USW student Katie Alcock has designed the set for the Welsh National Opera’s touring production of Madam Butterfly. Today’s Pontypridd Observer covers the story. (Print, P3).

USW ballerina performs at Holocaust Memorial event

January 26, 2017

Krystal Lowe, an associate dance lecturer at the University of South Wales (USW), recently travelled to Cyprus to perform contemporary dance at an Holocaust Memorial event.

Krystal, 27, originally from Bermuda, now living in Newport, was invited to choreograph and perform two contemporary pieces to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The event is organised each year by the Embassy of Israel in collaboration with Nicosia Christian Center. This year 600 attended the event at the Strovolos Municipal Theatre.

A guest artist for Ballet Cymru, Krystal divides her time between dancing, choreography and teaching. She currently teaches dance technique to first year students on USW’s BSc (Hons) Dance degree. She wants to concentrate on her performing as much as possible for now, and then move her focus to more teaching in the future.

Damon Minchella was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales

January 10, 2017

Damon Minchella was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales this morning on the long term effect of posthumous artists on popular music.

PhD student Gareth Bonello featured on BBC Radio Cymru

October 14, 2016

Gareth Bonello, a musician and PhD student at the School of Music and Performance appeared on BBC Radio Cymru on Wednesday. Gareth discussed his PhD, which is a part of the Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues research project.

Dr Paul Carr publishes chapter on Frank Zappa and Virtuality

September 19, 2016

Dr Paul Carr was recently involved in a book launch for the Oxford Handbook of Music and Virtuality, edited by the late Sheila Whitley and Shara Rambarran. In addition to providing a chapter for the collection on Frank Zappa and Virtuality, Dr Carr was also responsible for editing a discussion chapter, where a number of academics contributing to the book give their perspectives on how music can be considered virtual. The book launch was proceeded by a panel discussion at the International Association of Study of Popular Music UK/Ireland conference in Brighton in September 2016.

USW PhD student Denis Lennon features in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog

September 13, 2016

Our drama PhD student Denis Lennon has recently been featured in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog about his paper on breath within voice and speech training practices of acting and speaking Shakespeare presented at the 2016 TaPRA conference in Bristol, UK.

Wyn Mason's play Rhith Gân sees its first staging at the National Eisteddfod

August 25, 2016

Wyn Mason’s play Rhith Gân sees its first staging at the National Eisteddfod, a co-production with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru directed by Sara Lloyd. Rhith Gân, an adaptation/development of Gareth Bonello’s album, Y Bardd Anfarwol, won last year’s Drama Medal at last year’s Eisteddfod. Wyn Mason is Senior Lecturer in Video Production at the University of South Wales and member of the Media Music Drama research group.

Read Lowri Cooke’s review on Art Scene in Wales.

Dr Paul Carr features in an article on the ‘Louder than War’

July 1, 2016

Dr Paul Carr’s Oral History project on popular music in Merthyr Tydfil between 1955 to 1970 features in an article on the Louder than War blog by Michael Hicks. The Oral History project documents how Merthyr can contribute to the largely untold narratives of popular music history, which are so often dominated by major cities, in particular London.

As Dr Paul Carr explains, “I chose it (Merthyr) as a place to explore because I live here – I have a vested interest. However, my interest is much deeper than that. Merthyr has a rich musical history, and I want to try and make this more visible to both the local community but also for visitors.”

Dr Márta Minier has been awarded a Stephen Joseph Award from the Society for Theatre Research

May 18, 2016

Dr Márta Minier, USW Lecturer in Drama, has been given a Stephen Joseph Award from the Society for Theatre Research for her research into British children’s theatre and adapted works in particular, using the archive of Whirligig Theatre Company at the V&A.

Prof Richard Hand publishes co-authored book on the theatre of horror

April 18, 2016

Performing Grand-Guignol: Playing the Theatre of Horror (The University of Exeter Press, 2016)

By Richard J. Hand and Michael Wilson

From the authors of the successful Grand-Guignol and London’s Grand Guignol – also published by UEP – this book includes translations of a further eleven plays, adding significantly to the repertoire of Grand-Guignol plays available in the English language. The emphasis in the translation and adaptation of these plays is once again to foreground the performability of the scripts within a modern context – making Performing Grand-Guignol an ideal acting guide.

Hand and Wilson have acquired extremely rare acting copies of plays which have never been published and scripts that were published in the early years of the twentieth century but have not been published since – even in French. Includes plays written by, or adapted from, such notable writers as Octave Mirbeau, Gaston Leroux and St John Ervine as well as examples by Grand-Guignol stalwarts René Berton and André de Lorde. Also included is the 1920s London translation of Blind Man’s Buff written by Charles Hellem and Pol d’Estoc and banned by the Lord Chamberlain.

A brief history of the Parisian theatre is also included, for the benefit of readers who have not read the previous books. For further details about the book, please see The University of Exeter Press.

Prof Richard Hand in conversation with Alex Lewczuk and focussing on the 1968 SF Classic.

March 9, 2016

Professor Richard Hand featured as interviewee on a 45-minute podcast about Planet of the Apes [1968] in conversation with Alex Lewczuk. The podcast was released last week on Southside Radio:

Prof Richard hand publishes article/translation on 'The Epidemic'.

February 11, 2016

Hand, R. (2015) L’Épidémie/The Epidemic (1898), a farce in one act by Octave Mirbeau, translated by R. Hand, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Intellect.

Prof Richard Hand publishes work on Tales of the Living Dead in Horror Comics of the 1950s and Beyond

February 11, 2016

12 ysgoloriaeth PhD a ariennir yn llawn, oddi fewn i Gyfadran y Diwydiannau Creadigol

February 9, 2016


Mae Prifysgol De Cymru yn falch o gael gwahodd ceisiadau ar gyfer 12 ysgoloriaeth PhD a ariennir yn llawn, oddi fewn i Gyfadran y Diwydiannau Creadigol (CDC).

CDC yw un o’r cyfadrannau mwyaf o’i bath yn y Deyrnas Unedig, ac mae ganddi berthnasau agos â’r diwydiannau creadigol yng Nghymru, y DU ac yn rhyngwladol. Wedi’i lleoli yng Nghaerdydd, ac yn ganolfan gyfryngol ffyniannus ar gyfer ffilm, teledu a’r celfyddydau, bydd y gyfadran yn agor adeilad Atrium 2 yn fuan iawn – adeilad a chanddo adnoddau heb eu hail ar gyfer addysgu yn y diwydiannau creadigol.

Lleolir ein hymchwil yn Sefydliad Ymchwil y Diwydiannau Creadigol a’i chanolfannau rhagoriaeth, sef:

Fframwaith Rhagoriaeth Ymchwil 2014, dyfarnwyd bod 65% o ymchwil y gyfadran yn uned asesu D35 Cerddoriaeth, Drama, Dawns a Chelfyddydau Perfformio (yn cynnwys y cyfryngau ac astudiaethau diwylliannol) a 75% o ymchwil uned asesu D34 Celf a Dylunio (fel rhan o gyflwyniad ar y cyd gyda WIRAD, Wales Institute of Art & Design) naill ai’n rhyngwladol ragorol (3*) neu’n arwain yn fyd-eang (4*).

Mae’r ysgoloriaethau hyn yn cynrychioli buddsoddiad sylweddol yn y genhedlaeth nesaf o ysgolheigion ac ymchwil yn y diwydiannau creadigol, ac yn ganolog i gynllunio’r Brifysgol ar gyfer yr ymarfer rhagoriaeth ymchwil nesaf.

Mae’r alwad hon ar agor i ysgolheigion a chanddynt ddiddordebau ymchwil yn y diwydiannau creadigol a chroesewir ymgeiswyr sy’n defnyddio ystod o fethodau a dulliau disgyblaethol (a rhyngddisgyblaethol). Fodd bynnag, rydym yn awyddus iawn i glywed oddi wrth bobl sy’n gweithio yn y meysydd canlynol:

  • Ffilm Ddogfen a Ffotograffiaeth (yn cynnwys prosiectau curadurol ac ymarfer fel ymchwil)
  • Drama (yn cynnwys drama radio a theledu, a dylunio llwyfan)
  • Cyfryngau a diwylliant mewn cenhedloedd bach
  • Perfformiad/Perfformio (yn cynnwys celfyddydau yn y gymuned; perfformiad a threftadaeth)
  • Cerddoriaeth Boblogaidd
  • Astudiaethau’r cyfryngau ac astudiaethau diwylliannol (yn cynnwys cynulleidfaoedd a ‘fandom’; rhywedd; diwylliant poblogaidd ac arswyd; polisi; ac astudiaethau lle)
  • Astudiaethau teledu

12 fully-funded PhD scholarships within the Faculty of Creative Industries

February 5, 2016


The University of South Wales is delighted to invite applications for 12 fully-funded PhD scholarships within the Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI).

FCI is one of the largest faculties of its kind in the UK and enjoys close relationships with the creative industries in Wales, the UK and internationally. Based in Cardiff, a fast-growing media hub for film, television and the arts, the faculty will shortly open its Atrium 2 building with state-of the art facilities for creative industries teaching.

Our research is housed in the Creative Industries Research Institute and its centres of excellence, namely:

In REF 2014, 65% of the faculty’s research in UoA D35 Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts (including media and cultural studies) and 75% of research in UoA D34 Art & Design (as part of the joint submission from WIRAD) were rated either internationally excellent (3*) or world-leading (4*). These scholarships represent a major investment in the next generation of creative industries scholars and research, and is integral to the University’s planning for the next REF exercise.

This call is open to all scholars with research interests in creative industries and we welcome applicants employing a range of methods and (inter)disciplinary approaches. However we are particularly keen to hear from people working in the following areas:

  • Documentary film and photography (including curatorial and practice as research projects)
  • Drama (including radio and television drama, and set design)
  • Media and culture in small nations
  • Performance (including community arts; performance and heritage)
  • Popular music
  • Media and cultural studies (including audiences & fandom; gender; popular culture and horror; policy; and place)
  • Television studies

Prof Richard Hand presents keynote paper at the 2016 International Vampire Film and Arts Festival

February 4, 2016

The inaugural International Vampire Film and Arts Festival will take place in Sighisoara in Transylvania, Romania, on May 26th-29th 2016.

From Stoker to Rice; from Nosferatu to classic Hammer onto Twilight, The Strain and beyond – the vampire genre is the world’s most enduring and influential horror genre straddling film, television, literature, theatre, games and new media. IVFAF brings together vampire media-makers from across the World in one cross-industry event – an exciting four-day programme of film screenings, book launches, readings, theatre, seminars, workshops, tours, networking events, a trade fair and parties. The Festival will take place within the walls of the dramatic medieval citadel that was the birthplace to the real Vlad Dracula and will involve industry, artists, fans and academics.

Confirmed speakers include: Dr Stacey Abbott (University of Roehampton) Professor Richard Hand (University of South Wales) Dacre Stoker (Author).

Denis Lennon was invited onto the shortlist judging panel for Wales Theatre Awards

January 13, 2016

Our drama PhD student and part-time lecturer, Denis Lennon, was recently invited onto the shortlist judging panel for Wales Theatre Awards, after completing a series of theatre reviews for Arts Scene in Wales and Western Mail.

Graveyard Voices on iTunes U

January 7, 2016

The first three in a series of ‘Graveyard Voices’ podcast episodes have been published by USW on iTunes U.

'Graveyard Voices’ are short audio monologues, creepy and somewhat humorous vignettes by students of USW’s School of Music & Performance. The programmes form part of a collection entitled Student Showcase: Drama ; audio dramas with performances from students and staff, often including original scripts and music.

Prof Richard Hand featured on a panel on BBC Radio 4 Extra show

November 27, 2015

Professor Richard Hand featured as one of the 3-person panel on a BBC Radio 4 Extra show, A Date With Dyall, about the actor Valentine Dyall on Sat 31 Oct [09.00-12.00 and repeated 19.00-22.00]. The subjects under discussion included the classic BBC radio show Appointment With Fear.

Prof Richard Hand’s Graveyard Voices project features in an article in The Cardiffian

November 27, 2015

TMD: Cathays Cemetery

Prof Richard Hand’s Graveyard Voices project features in an article by Joe Smith titled Graveyard Voices brought to life at Cathays Cemetery in The Cardiffian. The Cardiffian is run and maintained by postgraduate trainee journalists at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

Professor Richard Hand is the director of the Theatre, Music and Media Drama Group. He has been successfully collaborating with Cardiff Council for a number of years to bring the stories of Cardiff to life through history walks and performances.

Prof Richard Hand’s Graveyard Voices project features in the Times Higher.

November 11, 2015

Prof Richard Hand’s Graveyard Voices project is featured in an article by Matthew Reisz in Times Higher this week.

Prof Richard Hand talks about the cemetery project at the BBC Radio Wales [Eleri show]

November 10, 2015

Professor Richard Hand will be on the BBC Radio Wales [Eleri show] to talk about the Being Human cemetery project on Wednesday 11th November at 1pm.

USW's annual Grand Guignol Halloween events feature on the Future Index's 10 international Halloween Treats list

October 27, 2015

The University of South Wales’ annual Grand Guignol Halloween events are number 2 on the Future Index’s international list! Between Stockholm and NYC!

Call for Papers: Music, Pedagogy and Community

October 23, 2015

A symposium at University of South Wales, hosted by the Creative Industries Research Institute

Saturday, 5th of March 2016, the ATRiuM, 86-88 Adam Street, Cardiff

Keynote speaker: Professor Raymond MacDonald, University of Edinburgh

TMD member Wyn Mason wins National Eisteddfod Drama Medal

August 19, 2015

Wyn Mason, a senior lecturer at the University of South Wales and a member of the Theatre, Music and Media Drama Group, has won the 2015 Drama Medal (1st prize) at this year’s National Eisteddfod. The stage play, Rhith Gân is his first attempt at writing a theatre script. Rhith Gân is a conceptual play which takes its inspiration from Gareth Bonello’s songs on the album, Y Bardd Anfarwol.

Mediating Welsh Civil Society: the value of creative and mathematical methodologies in capturing change

July 10, 2015

Poster displayed at the WISERD Annual Conference
Tuesday 30th June to Thursday 2nd July 2015
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

The War on Terror

June 18, 2015

USW Emeritus Professor Stephen Lacey and Derek Paget, Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading are editors of a thought evoking and engaging new book The War on Terror. The Creative Industries Research Institute and the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies Research Unit hosted the book launch on June 4, 2015.

Prof Richard Hand's Performance at Pontypridd Lido

June 16, 2015

Prof Richard Hand and students from the University of South Wales will be performing at the launch of Pontypridd Lido when it opens at the end of summer 2015.

The University of South Wales has been awarded an AHRC funding to host the Graveyard Voices event in Being Human 2015 Festival

June 10, 2015

Prof Richard Hand (with Dr Rob Smith and Mary Traynor), on behalf of the University of South Wales, has been awarded an AHRC funding to hold the Graveyard Voices: Podcasting the Heritage of Cathays Cemetery event in Being Human 2015 festival. This involves producing a series of audio podcasts as part of the University of South Wales’ fruitful partnership with Cardiff Council Cemeteries, the Friends of Cathays Cemetery and the community music organisation Wonderbrass in creating live performance work for the Heritage Walks in Cardiff’s Cathays Cemetery and has been made possible by a grant from the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Cathays Cemetery Trails and Tales

June 3, 2015

Cathays Cemetery Trails and Tales: bringing the Past to Life Dramatised Heritage Walks

On Tuesday 9 June (6.30pm) and Thursday 18 June (6.30pm), Prof Richard Hand and a team of Drama degree undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates will be staging performance work for the Cathays Cemetery Heritage Walks.

Dr Márta Minier's 'Adaptation, Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic' book launch

May 19, 2015

Adaptation, Intermediality and the British Celebrity Biopic (Ashgate, 2014), a collection edited by Dr Márta Minier (University of South Wales) and Dr Maddalena Pennacchia (Roma Tre University) will be launched on Tuesday 19 May at Roma Tre University (Italy) as part of a conference entitled English Romantic Lives on Page, Stage, Screen: Mary Shelley (Vite di romantici inglesi fra pagina, palcoscenico e schermo: Mary Shelley).

'The View From My House' screening in Look/15

May 13, 2015

The View from my House (2013, 76 mins)

Saturday, 16 May 2015
Look/15, Liverpool

'The View from my House’ film, made by Ian Wiblin and Anthea Kennedy will be screened in Liverpool this coming weekend as part of the Look/15 Liverpool International Photography Festival. This moving art film is based in part on a memory of a young photographer who lived in the Tempelhof district of Berlin, before her exile from Nazi Germany. The film, drawing on letters and notebooks, foregrounds the way in which the woman’s life was stunted by increasing marginalization and terror.

The screening will be followed with a Q&A with the film makers, Ian Wiblin and Anthea Kennedy, and the arts writer Sue Steward.

Dr Márta Minier participates in roundtable discussion on Wales & European artistic connections

March 26, 2015

Dr Márta Minier , Lecturer in Drama at University of South Wales is participating in a roundtable discussion entitled W.I.S.E: Workshop Identity: fostering arts projects between Europe and Wales at Chapter Arts Centre on 27 March 2015 at 5.30 pm.

USW wins a research project grant from The Leverhulme Trust for Dr Lisa Lewis' project 'Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues'

March 23, 2015

Dr Lisa Lewis, on behalf of the University of South Wales, has won a research project grant of £286,349 from The Leverhulme Trust for 'Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Project’.

Dr Lisa Lewis will be leading the project and will be collaborating with Dr Aparna Sharma of UCLA to investigate the shared cultural history of the people of Wales and the Khasi people of Northeast India, rooted in the first instance in the missionary contact established in the mid nineteenth century by the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists mission, and subsequently in the cultural practices that stem from such interaction.

The project will run for 4 years. It is hoped that resulting outcomes, both creative work and scholarly articles, will present a significant and original interdisciplinary interpretation of the Welsh-Khasi relationship, facilitating future research engagement. This award recognises Lisa’s world leading research in the field.

Creative sound - BBC Radio Wales’ Science Cafe

March 3, 2015

3 March 2015 at 6:30pm

Adam Walton visits the Newport city campus of the University of South Wales to hear about innovative use of technology on courses including creative sound and music.

Prof Richard Hand interview on Audio Drama Production Podcast

February 12, 2015

Learning and teaching audio drama

You can hear the Audio Drama Production Podcast interview with Prof Richard Hand here.

Prof Richard Hand presents keynote paper at Telefantasy and Society Symposium

January 23, 2015

Telefantasy and Society Symposium

University of Lincoln
06 May 2015

This paper will examine the variety of adaptive strategies in examples of American television horror. Firstly, it will explore how American horror and fantasy radio drama was adapted for television in the 1950s and 1960s, outlining the challenges faced and the techniques deployed in this transmutation of media. After this he will explore contemporary television works including Bates Motel (2013-) and its relationship with the film Psycho (1960) – a relationship which is as playfully extrapolative and radical as much as it is builds on Robert Bloch and Alfred Hitchcock as its impetus and inspiration. After this, American Horror Story (2011-) will also be considered in order to explore how multiple themes and motifs in popular horror culture and even US history have been appropriated to a very high level of complexity.

Dr Paul Carr (with Ben Challis) publishes chapter on pop music

January 22, 2015

Boucle et répétition musique, littérature, arts visuels book is now published by Presses Universitaires de Liège (2015). The book includes a chapter on pop music by Paul Carr and Ben Challis with title 'Quand l’impossible devient réel: typologie des boucles, impact de l’immédiat et de l’hypermédia sur la pop music’.

Prof. Richard Hand (with Andrew Purssell) publishes new book on adaptation

January 22, 2015

In Adapting Graham Greene (Palgrave Macmillan, December 2014), Richard J. Hand and Andrew Purssell introduce adaptation studies and its relation to Greene’s works.

Prof. Richard Hand's radio play Zachariah 1864 was a winner of the Chatterbox Audio Theater's feature play competition

January 22, 2015

Richard Hand’s radio play Zachariah 1864 was a winner of the Chatterbox Audio Theater’s 2014 Halloween Show Script Competition and was performed as part of the company’s live Halloween performance.

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru produces Sian Summer's new play about betrayal, loyalty and becoming a man

January 22, 2015

Sian Summers’ new play, Pan Oedd Y Byd yn Fach, (When the World Was Small) – about the 1984 Miners’ Strike – has been given the green light for production by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh-language National Theatre of Wales). Sian is Senior Lecturer in Scriptwriting in FCI. The play will be produced in May 2015, and is a Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru commission

Matt Lovett won a BAFTA

January 22, 2015

Matt Lovett, Academic manager for Music won a BAFTA at the end of October. The film that he wrote and performed the score for – Playing Burton – won the ‘Best Feature / Television Film’ at this year’s Bafta Cymru Awards.

The Higher Education Academy publishes Dancing with Interdisciplinarity

October 20, 2014

The Higher Education Academy has published Dancing with Interdisciplinarity by Paul Carr, Rea Dennis and Richard Hand.

Roath Park Halloween Event: 'GHOSTS'

October 9, 2014

Roath Park Rose Gardens and Conservatory 18.00, 19.00, 20.00 on Wednesday 29 October 2014 Book via Cardiff Council Parks: 029 2044 5900

Richard Hand Competition Success

September 4, 2014

Prof Richard Hand has won the Chatterbox Audio Theatre Halloween scriptwriting competition.

Ian Wiblin - The View From Our House

September 4, 2014

On Wednesday 3rd September Ian Wiblin’s film 'the View From Our House’ was screened at the Cambridge Film Festival. The screening was followed by a q+a with Ian.

Marta Minier - David Almond Fellowship

September 1, 2014

Dr Marta Minier has won a prestigious David Almond Fellowship from Newcastle University/Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books.

Inga Burrows - The Green Room

September 1, 2014

Following on from her nine month residency at Welsh soap opera Pobol y Cwm Inga Burrows has a solo show at G39.

Inga Burrows talks to Radio Wales about new research project

August 15, 2014

Earlier this week, Inga Burrows was invited to talk on BBC Radio Wales about her current research project, Artist- in-Residence (A-I-R) in the S4C drama series Pobol y Cwm.

Prof Chris Morris featured in The Guardian

June 25, 2014

Prof Chris Morris is mentioned in an article in The Guardian about the play he has produced, Mametz, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Prof Richard Hand's Book Commended by Times Higher Education

June 25, 2014

Richard Hand’s Listen in Terror: British Horror Radio from the Advent of Broadcasting to the Digital Age has been given resounding praise in a review by The Times’ Higher Education supplement.

In addition, Hans Staats published a review on the same book on 18 January 2015. The full review titled Terror on the Air! Horror Radio in America, 1931–1952 is available on the Medium.

Dr Jodie Allinson Published

June 18, 2014

Her article Training strategies for performance and landscape: resisting the late-capitalist metaphor of environment as consumable resource features in the latest issue of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training.

Garrett Lynch guest edits journal

May 14, 2014

Liminalities Issue 10.1


Prof Richard Hand on Channel 4

May 2, 2014

Last night (1/5/14) our very own horror theatre specialist appeared on Heston’s Great British Food to discuss Sweeney Todd.

Prof Richard Hand edits journal

April 11, 2014

Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, Volume 7, Number 1, 1 March 2014

Prof Richard Hand publishes new book on radio drama

March 28, 2014

Listen in Terror: British Horror Radio from the Advent of Broadcasting to the Digital Age (Manchester University Press, 2014) is the first full-length study of British horror radio from the pioneering days of recording and broadcasting right through to the digital audio cultures of our own time.

Dr Márta Minier publishes work on Shakespeare

March 28, 2014

Márta Minier has published a chapter entitled ‘Uprooting Shakespeare: A Historical Survey of Early to Institutionalised Hungarian Shakespeare Translation’.

Dr Márta Minier performs at at inaugural event of Hungarian Society in Wales

March 19, 2014

Dr Márta Minier, Lecturer in Drama, performed the famous nineteenth-century Hungarian poem “The Bards of Wales” at the inaugural event of the Hungarian Society in Wales (15 March).

Professor Richard Hand on BBC Radio Scotland

February 19, 2014

Professor Richard Hand will appear on BBC Radio Scotland today (Wednesday, 19 February) at 2pm in an interview with the actress who plays Regan in the new radio version of The Exorcist.

Dr Geraint D'Arcy and Prof. Richard Hand perform in Regent Street

December 6, 2013

Theatre scholars, Dr Geraint D’Arcy and Prof. Richard Hand will be in London this weekend performing a recreation of 'Pepper’s Ghost’, the legendary Victorian stage illusion.

Márta Minier gives paper on Hamlet Productions in Hungary

November 25, 2013

Márta Minier is giving a paper on Hamlet Productions from post-1989 Hungary at the Shakespeare in Central Europe conference, Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Slovakia.

Innovative collaboration between a poet and a filmmaker

November 22, 2013

Flow & Frame, an innovative collaboration between a poet and a filmmaker, has resulted in a series of 13 two-minute long films.

Inga Burrows is artist in residency at The Pobol Prism

November 20, 2013

Inga Burrows will take up an artist residency in a fictional space, by kind invitation by the producer of the Welsh soap opera Pobol y Cwm in January 2014 for a period of six months.

CFP: Translations, Adaptation, Tradaptation for the Stage in Applied Contexts: Dramaturgies of the Here and Now

November 11, 2013

Translations, adaptations, tradaptations tend to comment on the here and now of their host contexts, even if inadvertantly. This collection of articles will explore dramaturgies of the moment in emphatically applied contexts: not only in the broad spectrum of applied drama but also in cases of translation, adaptation and dramaturgy in education contexts (in what is strictly speaking a Theatre in Education setting but also in everyday educational situations, such as student productions, workshops and so on), in storytelling and beyond.

New publication on Translating Welsh Drama

November 11, 2013

Márta Minier’s article entitled “Translating Welsh Drama Into Hungarian Through English: A Contextual Introduction to Sêra Moore Williams’ Crash in Hungarian Translation” has just appeared in AHEA: E-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association, Volume 6 (2013).

Richard Hand and Márta Minier contribute to new book on translation and adapatation

September 27, 2013

Professor Richard Hand and Dr Márta Minier have contributed to a new book on Translation and Adaptation in Theatre and Film .

Hamlet Translations: Call for Contributions

September 17, 2013

This interdisciplinary collection of articles discusses how Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been translated into different languages and cultures at various historical moments (including our times) and for different purposes: performance, reading, artistic experimentation, language-learning, nation-building and personal identity-formation, among many others.

Inga Burrows selected for Lumiere film screening

September 17, 2013

A film from Inga Burrows’ artist residency at Cardiff Market is being shown at the forthcoming Lumiere screening at Bloc Projects, Sheffield, on Friday 20 September.

Paul Carr and Richard Hand co-author chapter on Frank Zappa for new book on Ensemble Theatre

August 27, 2013

Paul Carr and Richard Hand have published a short co-authored chapter on Frank Zappa practice as research for a new collection on ensemble theatre.

Márta Minier edits special themed journal issue on Hamlet

August 21, 2013

The latest edition of the online journal New Readings is a special theme edition on Hamlet and Poetry, edited by Márta Minier and Ruth J. Owen. It discusses how intertwined lyric Hamlet reception is with national consciousness, modernity, literary cults, artistic experimentation and a self-reflective poetics, as well as language and politics.

Steve Blandford publishes book on Jimmy McGovern

August 7, 2013

Professor Steve Blandford has published the first book length study of Jimmy McGovern, one Britain’s leading television writers.

Inga Burrows shortlisted for Art Award

July 29, 2013

Inga Burrows has been shortlisted for the prestigious Art Angel award. Her idea for an artist-in-residence in the world’s longest running television drama series, Coronation Street, was selected from over 1,500 submissions as one of the top 100 proposals.

Lecturer Rob Smith receives PhD

July 10, 2013

Congratulations to lecturer Rob Smith who received confirmation of his PhD this week. Rob’s thesis explored the ways in which he has interfaced with 'inclusive music making’ over the last 20 years.

New Publication: No Known Cure

June 5, 2013

Robert Dean and Richard J. Hand contribute to a new book on the comedian, writer, director and DJ Chris Morris, best known for his notorious spoof Brass Eye and cult programmes such as Blue Jam, Jam and Nathan Barley.

MA Scriptwriting Graduate Performs New Play

June 5, 2013

Colleagues will be pleased to hear that Tim Riley – a recent graduate of our MA in Scriptwriting – presented a workshop performance of his play Half n’ Half at The Cinnamon Tree Restaurant in Pontcanna on June 2, 2013.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Jones PhD

May 23, 2013

Colleagues will be delighted to hear that today one of our post-grad students Elizabeth Jones has successfully defended her thesis titled “More than ‘photographs of people talking’: creative approaches to stage to screen adaptation”

Review of Richard Hand's translation of Octave Mirbeau's Business is Business and Charity

April 17, 2013

A review of Professor Richard Hand’s Octave Mirbeau: Business is Business and Charity (Intellect Books, 2013) appears in the latest edition of Dalhousie French Studies.

Research seminar: Dr Marta Minier

March 13, 2013

Dr Márta Minier recently gave a research seminar on narrating the Channel 4 Royal Bio-docudrama The Queen as part of the English Research Seminar series at Bishop Grosseteste University, February 11, 2013.

Conference Paper: Hungarian Productions of Hamlet

March 13, 2013

Dr Márta Minier is presenting a paper on recent Hungarian productions of Hamlet, at the Adaptation: Classics and Beyond conference in Roma Tre University, Italy, on March 20, 2013. The paper is entitled: “Performance as Translation/Adaptation/Tradaptation: Some Recent Hungarian Productions of Hamlet”.

Terror Tales from Wales! on iTunes

October 23, 2012

Terror Tales from Wales, a selection of Welsh ghost stories by Rev Elias Owen published in 1896, is now available through iTunes U

On Vocation at the Making Tracks festival

October 19, 2012

On Vocation, a site-specific collaboration between Inga Burrows and Jodie Allinson, receives its debut public screening at the Making Tracks film festival in London on 18 October 2012.

Over the Hills and Far Away - Cardiff Castle

October 4, 2012

In August members of TMD were involved a dramatic reconstruction at Cardiff Castle of events leading up to the Battle for Fort Detroit 1812.

PhD Scholarship in Dance and Multi-media

October 4, 2012

To mark 100 years in education, the University of Glamorgan is offering 20 new Centenary Doctoral Scholarships. Theatre and Media Drama are therefore seeking applications for a PhD in the area of: Dance and Multi-Media (or Intermedial) Practice.

Conference: Márta Minier

July 10, 2012

Dr Márta Minier has delivered a paper on 'Translating History into Bio-Documdra’ at the Translating European Histories (an international and interdisciplinary symposium), University of Salford, 2 July 2012.

Prof Hand on Radio 4

July 9, 2012

Prof Richard Hand features on 'Excusing Private Godfrey’ (BBC Radio 4, Fri 6 July 2012), a documentary about the actor and writer Arnold Ridley famous for the play 'The Ghost Train’ and for playing Private Charles Godfrey in the British sitcom Dad’s Army.

AHRC/BBC Workshop on Dylan Thomas

June 27, 2012

Ten researchers selected to participate in an AHRC/BBC Wales workshop on Dylan Thomas were announced today, including CCI’s Prof Richard Hand and Mary Traynor.

Exhibition: Wunderland II

March 6, 2012

Inga Burrow’s work 'Deviant Chores’ will be appearing as part of the exhibition Wunderland II at the tactileBOSCH Gallery & Studios.

New Publication: Life on Mars

March 2, 2012

TMD is pleased to announce the publication of Life on Mars: From Manchester to New York, published by Manchester University Press. Edited by Professor Stephen Lacey and Dr Ruth McElory, the book also includes contributions from Dr Peter Jachimiak and Rob Smith .

Stephen Lacey New Chair of SCUDD

February 2, 2012

Professor Stephen Lacey has been appointed the new chair of the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD).

Exhibition: This is Swansea, Bach...

January 13, 2012

Lyndon Jones, Lecturer in Radio and Audio at the ATRiuM, is one of the sound artists contributing to Klang Canteen, an exhibition opening next week at Swansea’s Elysium Gallery.

New Publications: Community Radio in Laos and China

January 12, 2012

Mary Traynor has contributed a chapter to a new book on Community Radio in the Twenty-First Century, published by Peter Lang.

Atrium research captures attention of BBC

December 9, 2011

Inga Burrows’ film of Cardiff market traders is now available on the BBC News Website .

New short film by Ieuan Morris

October 21, 2011

'My Times’, a new short film by Ieuan Morris, receieves its premier screening at the Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, at 2pm on Saturday 5 November 2011.

CCI researchers win BBC Trust grant

December 17, 2008

A group of Glamorgan researchers have been commissioned by the BBC Trust to examine the impact of landmark television drama, principally Dr Who and Torchwood on the representation of Cardiff (and to an extent Wales).

CCI Researcher on BBC Radio Wales Arts Show

November 19, 2008

Divakar Subramaniam, a Researcher and Part Time Lecturer in CCI is featuring in the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show, Thursday 20th November between 6.30pm and 7.00 pm.

Programme Advisory Board membership for Glamorgan Professor

October 14, 2008

Professor Mike Wilson has been invited to become a member of the Programme Advisory Board for the Research Councils’ Digital Economy Programme.

TMD Researcher wins Festival nomination

October 9, 2008

‘Watch Me!’, a film by TMD research and filmmaker Ieuan Morris, is receiving the attention of international film festival judges.

Small Nations and Global Media series, University of Wales Press

May 21, 2008

Three members of the Centre have been awarded a contract by University of Wales Press for a major book series on Small Nations and Global Media.

BAFTA Award Nomination

April 7, 2008

CCI researcher and filmmaker wins BAFTA Award nomination.

Theatre Book Prize - Announcement of the Short List

March 30, 2008

We are pleased to announce that London’s Grand Guignol and the Theatre of Horror by Professors Richard J Hand and Michael Wilson has been short-listed for the Theatre Book Prize.

Professors to feature on Sweeney Todd DVD

February 28, 2008

Professors Richard Hand and Mike Wilson from the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries will be appearing on the DVD version of Tim Burton’s critically acclaimed new film Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

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