Students re-enact the lives of those buried in graveyard

Students from BA (Hons) Theatre and Drama have been re-enacting the lives of those people buried in Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff.


Around eight undergraduate and postgraduate students have taken part and re-enacted short dramatic scenes and monologues relating to the stories of those people buried in the cemetery. These ranged from the rich and heroic to the profoundly tragic, mysterious and emblematic. 


Among the dead are those killed in the Senghenydd Mining Disaster, Sydney White; the founder of Barry Island Pleasure Beach, William Llewellyn Rhys who survived the Charge of the Light Brigade and sports figures such as the four times gold medal Olympian Paulo "Raddy" Radmilovic


One student acted out the story of William Tatem – a Cardiff ship owner titled as the first baron of St Fagans. William moved his family to Western Super Mare to keep them safe from the bombing of World War II and was tragically killed by the only bomb to be dropped over the area.


Also remembered was 14-year old Louisa Maud Evans who was killed in 1896 in a balloon parachute accident in the Bristol Channel.


This is the second year the event takes place. Performances will run until November 2015 and are being led by Professor Richard Hand. Tickets are available to view the performances as places are limited.


Richard Hand, course leader on the BA (Hons) Theatre and Drama said, “Those who attended these events last year can vouch for how enjoyable and well-received these community events are. It’s a wonderful opportunity to witness the talent of our drama students and the impact and outreach of our collaborative research partnerships in the public sphere.”


The university has worked closely with Cardiff Council and the Friends of Cathays Cemetery, as well as Cathays Cemetery Heritage Walks on this project.