Success for Creative Writing student productions at Riverfront Theatre

Students from the BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing course at the Caerleon campus have impressed with their recent showcase of two new plays at the Riverfront Theatre, Newport.

A team of USW students directed, performed and produced the new plays, written by English and Creative Writing students Mel Rankin and Sarah Parker, as part of the Scriptwriting module in the second year of their degree. The two plays were a spectacular hit with the audience and only made possible by the hard work of students from Applied Drama, English and Creative Writing, and Performing Arts and assistance from lecturers Vanessa Dodd and Linda Ruhemann.

‘Yellow’ written by Mel Rankin was a story about one man fighting a losing battle against his inner cowardice and the unknown spirit of Mr Loather in the work place. The play was brought to life by its director Emma-JoBerry, a second year Applied Drama student.

‘Guilty Pleasure’ by Sarah Parker was a dark story of sex, love and grief that was both gripping and shocking. With such a sensitive issue involved, there was a need for some careful thinking to make the play a reality and the play’s director Steve Bond, a third year Applied Drama student achieved this brilliantly.

Linda Ruhemann, Subject Leader for BA Hons Creative Writing said “I was hugely impressed by the productions of ‘Guilty Pleasure’ and ‘Yellow’ and so proud of our English and Creative Writing and Applied Drama students at the Caerleon campus. These two wonderfully inventive scripts were brought to life entirely through their efforts and talents – not only did they write, direct, produce and publicise, but they raised their own funding for the productions. Just fantastic!”

Find out more about English and Creative Writing at the University of South Wales.