After graduating, George set up the Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival

George Soaves - Drama

George Soave, from Milton Keynes, graduated with first-class Honours from BA Drama and Theatre Studies and won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Theatre Studies.

After completing the MA Drama at USW, George went on to set up Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival.

Over the last three years, the Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival has gone from strength to strength, but, in 2019, the Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival took a hiatus to look at ways to restructure and revitalise.

Spanning the entire city, the festival has developed into a two-week celebration of theatre, dance, workshops, seminars and poetry.

Drama is exciting, it's never the same

On why George studied drama, he said:

"It was always going to be drama at university. It’s what I’m passionate about and want to explore for the rest of my life. It’s exciting and is never the same.

I remember coming to an open day at Atrium over three years ago now and completely falling in love with Cardiff. Everything you need is so close! That was a big deal for an over excited 18-year-old. 

The course looked exciting, exploring new aspects of performance that I hadn’t touched on before, like the Grand-Guignol (French horror theatre), Radio drama and Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama.

I wanted to improve my theatre vocabulary and the eclectic modules within the course allowed me to do this. 

One of my favourite parts of the course has been the variety – from improvisation classes to modules in directing, technical theatre workshops to set design. I feel that I have learnt valuable lessons regarding all aspects of the theatre and they have helped me become an enthusiastic thespian (as obnoxious as that sounds!). 

I am so proud of the work I produced in my final year

Another invaluable part of the course has been the professionalism of the lecturers. Each tutor boasts specialties in particular parts of the theatre and performing world and it has been thrilling to learn from enthusiastic professors and doctors in their subjects who come from all over the world.

I am so proud of the work I produced in my final year. For the module entitled Studio Theatre Production, myself and another student Justin Shaw, co-wrote an absurdist play entitled The Station.

The 50-minute play revolved around two characters who seemingly were just waiting for a train and were enticed into conversing about life and death and existentialism. 

Another one of my proudest achievements was being a part of the play Vermilion Sands directed by Geraint Darcy, another fantastic member of staff who led us into the surreal, yet strangely believable world of Vermilion Sands.

The cast of the play were some of the most talented people that I have worked with throughout my career and we collaboratively created something very special. It’s a performance that will stick with me for a long time.

Cardiff is a fantastic place and USW boasts fantastic tutors

Studying the drama degree has encouraged me to challenge myself more. I have learnt so much over these three years and feel like I want to know more.

I would fully encourage people to experience this course and everything that comes with it.

Cardiff is a fantastic place and USW boasts fantastic tutors who will go above and beyond to help you, tutors who truly care about their graduates."