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As part of the BA(Hons) in Contemporary Screen Acting at UWS, we have a final year module through which the students create their own Actor’s Website which they use to market themselves online. The students in the photo are shown along with tutors Dr John Quinn, Rachael Flynn and myself at their very successful Degree Show at Film City in Glasgow in May 2013.

Click on the links below to see the Graduate websites.

CSA Class of 2013

William Aldridge 

Nicola Anderson

Claudette Baker-Park 

Elizabeth Kane

Anna Kennedy 

Stuart McGowan

Katie Power

Zoe Silver 

Rebecca Skinner 


I’ ve taken the following comments from the Play A Pie A Pint Website . More examples can be found HERE  

said about: Marco Pantani -The Pirate

Truly absorbing account of such a dark,troubled,flawed genius. Superb writing allowing informative incite to all three characters within the confines of a 45 minute play. Felt exhausted and exhilarated by accounts of magnificent stage and tour victories. While tackling the tragic life of a sporting icon this wonderful play cleverly, light heartedly recognises the now well documented arrogance and skullduggery of Monsuier Armstrong and the lengths he went to physically and psychologically to beat The Pirate. Must see play for all cycling,sport enthusiasts but equally moving human life tale for all audience.

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said about: Marco Pantani -The Pirate

I have just been to see this play and cannot believe that 45 minutes could have been so moving. The writing and acting were excellent to the point that I am still trying to go about my afternoon without reflecting on the tradgedy and triumph of Marco Pantani’s life. I was in Paris for 1998 and went totally native for the ‘Tour’ that year. The distinctive figure of Marco Pantani was ever present and I followed too his subsequent decline. I cannot thank the author and actors enough for such an honest and absorbing portayal of a singular man.

Kyria Sherwin

12 Yard Productions, are currently in production with ‘Perfection’ which is a quiz show on BBC1 presented by Nick Knowles.

Katie Haughan, a UWS graduate wants to invite some of our students to come along to be in the studio audience of the next series of recordings.

She writes ” Our audiences are small, of only around 12 people, therefore this is an ample for them to see around and gain experience of being in a working studio. Our presenter Nick is always happy to answer questions about presenting or many of the various editorial roles he has had behind the camera. Our crew are always on hand to answer any technical questions.

We will be filming from 9:45am till 12:30am between Friday the 24th May and Friday the 31st of May.
It’s recorded in studio B in BBC Scotland, so a nice and intimate space for the students to see all aspects of production. “
Please contact Katie at [email protected] for more information

Casting call for The Taming of the Shrew, part of the Classic Cuts season at A Play A Pie And A Pint at Oran Mor, Glasgow.

Writer Sandy Nelson and Director Rosie Kellagher transpose Shakespeare’s sharpest comedy to the 1950s: a time of teddy boys and tea dresses, beat poets and Sunday best, when the sexes readied themselves for revolution and lines were drawn on both sides of the sexual revolution. On the cusp of this time of change we find Petruchio and Katherina: the kind of couple who thrive on conflict. Will Petruchio pull his punches or can he tame his shrew?

“If I be waspish, best beware my sting…”

We are looking for students to play a range of small roles in Sandy Nelson’s new adaptation of Taming of the Shrew, directed by Rosie Kellagher. This is a great opportunity to be part of a professional production at Oran Mor’s hugely successful lunchtime theatre.

Rehearsals begin on Monday 10th June in Glasgow and the show runs from Monday 24th to Saturday 29th June. Please note that this is an unpaid opportunity.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 22nd May at Oran Mor. If you are keen to be considered but are unable to make the auditions on 22nd May, please get in touch as we may be able to arrange an alternative date.

For more information or to book an audition slot, please contact Rosie Kellagher at [email protected]

8734646539_9457dd05fb Two days into the run of Marco Pantani and you can feel a collective sigh of relief from the Cast and Crew as they start to enjoy the run as it beds in. When you open a newly written  play you have literally no idea what the reception is going to be like. I recall many years ago going to the Traverse for the world premiere of the wonderful “Losing Venice”, written by Jo  Clifford. The audience reaction was euphoric, and the play went on to great success all over the world. The actors were so unsure of what they had just performed,  that one of them, Simon Donald, later confessed to me that he had thought that the audience were  cheering and clapping because they  were “taking the mickey.”

So it gives me a great pleasure to say that (so far)  both the audience, and now the critical  reaction for “Marco Pantani” has been overwhelmingly positive with a four star review in The Herald.

I have to confess that “Marco Pantani”  would never had been finished and produced on stage  if it hadn’t been for the University Of The West Of Scotland and the support of the staff and students. UWS lecturer (as well as writer and actor)  Martin McCardie,  has encouraged it’s development all the way. My UWS colleague Dr David Overend  brought the whole project to fruition and has directed it with aplomb. I  also want to thank UWS graduate Stuart Watt for his marvellous work on the soundscape, the UWS studio team of Jamie Hare and Keith Bird   for the video effects, and UWS Graduates Debbie Lochran and Catriona Hepburn for their hard work backstage.

Outside of UWS, praise is due to  all the staff at Oran Mor who have been a pleasure to work with. Huge respect for my amigo Sergio Casci, who tried (and failed) to get me to understand the intricacies of Italian Grammar.Thanks   must also go to Craig at Carrick Cycles in Ayr, for all the effort and care he put in to re-creating Marco’s Tour De France winning bike. Most of all, I’d like to thank  my friend, actor Tom McGovern, who first gave me the idea of writing a play about Pantani about 5 years ago.

Here is The Herad review  Written by Alan Chadwick on Wednesday 15 May 2013.

“Stuart Hepburn’s bio-play about legendary Italian road racing cyclist Marco Pantani couldn’t be more timely, what with the Giro d’Italia, which Pantani won as well as the Tour de France in 1998, currently underway.

The great thing about bio-plays, at least ones as well written and well acted as this one, is that even if you’ve never heard of the subject, it doesn’t take much to go along for the ride and find yourself gripped by their story.

That’s certainly the case in this excellent three-hander starring Blythe Duff, James Smillie and Jordan Young as Pantani – nicknamed “the Pirate,” because of his shaved head and the bandana and earring he wore.

Informative, emotive and poignant, the piece is a fall-from-grace cautionary tale ,wherein we witness the youthful dreams and drive of one of the greatest mountain climbers ever, as he focuses on becoming a legend in his own lifetime, onto the fame he enjoyed (the Pope requested a signed jersey), before eventually hitting rock bottom in a career cut short by a doping scandal that saw him end his life alone in a hotel room, dead from acute cocaine poisoning.

Full of recurring leitmotifs (the river, Duff as his unstable mother, urges him not to cross; metal on flesh), the backstory details and switches in time are deftly handled by director David Overend. He also coaxes fine performances from his cast, with Young in particular a tour de force.

Like his great rival Lance Armstrong, unfortunately, Pantani’s legacy didn’t turn out to be all about the bike, but rather all about the drugs. But his story makes for compelling drama nonetheless.”

You can buy tickets online here. 

The play runs at Oran Mor till Saturday 18th of May. There is one additional performance at The Beacon Arts Centre in Greeenock on Sunday 19th  May.

Full details of University Of The West Of Scotland Creative Industries Programmes can be found here. 

CSA Degree ShowThe BA (Honours)  Contemporary Screen Acting Degree Show will take place at Film City, Govan Rd , Glasgow at 6.30 PM on Thursday 16th of May.

Share some wine and nibbles with our 4th year students as they showcase their final year films.

The University Of The West Of Scotland’s  Sports and Societies Ball is a one night dinner dance to celebrate the great job which  Clubs and Societies do within UWS and its four campus’s. It has a multitude of awards to give out each year such as the Blues and Colours awards for those who have done outstanding work for their teams and the school.Ayr Drama Club

This years “Best New Club of the Year ” was won by The Ayr Drama Society.  Founder member and Contemporary Screen Acting student Rebecca Skinner was delighted at the award. ” When we were announced as winners we were all amazed and overwhelmed to have received it. “

Next year the students  aim is to put on two productions, one of which is to be  ”Coma Toast” written by another CSA  student Jan Culshaw.  Congratulations to all concerned.


Leading the way in supporting, developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image, BAFTA in Scotland would like to offer you the chance to become a member. With a full programme of screenings, events, masterclasses, and two Awards ceremonies throughout the year, as well as many networking opportunities, BAFTA in Scotland is a unique organisation to be a part of.

We offer students of film, television and games (or related courses) the opportunity to join BAFTA in Scotland for a fee of £35 per annum. We also offer a Career Starter Membership, which costs £50 per annum, for graduates and those with less than three years experience in their field.

Student/Career Starter Membership allows access to:
- All BAFTA in Scotland screenings, previews, and Q+As. Screenings are held weekly in Glasgow and bi-weekly in Edinburgh.
- All events and masterclasses throughout the year


- TV Preview of The Thick of It followed by a Q+A with writer Ian Martin
- Screening of BAFTA-winning documentary The Imposter, with a Q+A with filmmakers Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis
- A range of masterclasses, including Directing with Paul McGuigan, Sound Design with Douglas MacDougall, and Wildlife Filmmaking with Nigel Pope
- TV Preview of BBC Scotland drama Shetland, followed by Q+A
- Preview screenings of Rust and Bone, Life of Pi, Argo, Flight, and Les Miserables

If you are interested in becoming a member, simply download the form and return with payment by 01 June 2012 to:
BAFTA in Scotland,
249 West George Street,
G2 4QE

For more information on membership, you can contact Lucy Sneddon at [email protected] or 0141 302 1770.

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