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Swansea students set to shine at Dylan Thomas Centre


Budding playwrights on Swansea University’s Creative and Media MA programme will have their chance to shine on 8 and 9 June 2010, when extracts from their stage and radio dramas will be performed at Rough Diamonds 2010 at the Dylan Thomas Centre. 

This is the fourth year that the University’s students have had their work performed at the Centre.  Rough Diamonds is performed script-in-hand by members of Swansea’s Fluellen Theatre Company and directed by playwright D J Britton, lecturer in dramatic writing at Swansea University.  Some of the works from previous shows have gone on to become full-length professional productions. 

The two nights will showcase thought-provoking new work that addresses, among other things, the after-life, the meaning of life, and life after the breakdown of government. This year’s plays feature a broad cast of memorable characters, from crazy submariners to chaotic confectioners. The plots are equally extraordinary, taking in marital mix-ups, murdered masters, mind-bending mates, and cross-dressing prison escapes.

D J Britton said: “The annual Rough Diamonds shows are the equivalent of a first exhibition for emerging visual artists, and are hugely important to these new playwrights, whose work is being presented by professionals for the first time. The Dylan Thomas Centre has been a great supporter of our Creative Writing programme, and once again is a generous partner in this venture.

“Presenting these highly imaginative new pieces of theatre at the Dylan Thomas Centre allows us to demonstrate the breadth of talent and originality of the writers on the Swansea scheme. Audiences know only that they must expect the unexpected. They find experiencing a new work for the very first time – with all the risk that this involves – not only entertaining but thoroughly engaging.”

Rough Diamonds 2010 will take place on 8 and 9 June at the Dylan Thomas Centre.  Performances will start at 7.30pm. Tickets (£3) and further details are available from the Dylan Thomas Centre: +44 (0) 1792 463980.

Swansea University’s MA Creative Writing programme, led by novelist Professor Stevie Davies, attracts emerging playwrights, poets and writers of fiction from Wales, the UK, and many parts of the world, particularly North America and Asia.  For further information about the programme visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/arts/.

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