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Students from our UWS Performance Programmes can be seen acting on the BBC Writer’s Room Website as part of the “Room To Write Project” .

Claire McKinnie, Chris Martin and Nicole Donald are all final year students in the BA(Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting Degree.
Look out for Claire McKinnie in “Exploding Bones” here

Chris Martin in “Wedding”

And Nicole Donald in “Animals”

 University Of The West Of Scotland Musical Theatre Students are performing the new Musical The Green Door at the Ayr Gaiety Theatre from 28th January to the 31st January. We have arranged for all UWS students and friends to book tickets (via the phone line) for £4.00 per ticket (on the 28th January) and £8 on subsequent performances. This offer applies to any one in your party. All you need to do is book your tickets via the phone line and state you are UWS students and receive all your tickets booked there and then for the above prices. Please support your peers.
We sincerely hope to see you there.
All the best
UWS Performing Arts Team
and here’s a video link in case you have not seen it already.
Phone line is 01292 288235

Student work makes it to BBC Show!

A film made by students and staff at the Media Academy has been shown at BBC Scotland and some shots from it used in the BBC network Children in Need Show.

Earlier this year The University was approached by the organisers of ‘The Trossachs Challenge’ – a mountain-biking and hiking event organised by the business community to raise money for Children in Need. They asked if UWS could make a film of the event. The primary purpose of the film was to publicise the event in order to increase participation in the 2015 event.

They offered us a small fee and this allowed us to put together a team of students, recent alumni and staff . Staff members Paul Tucker, Keith Bird and Jamie Hare were joined by Broadcast Production students Charlotte Lines Sutton and David Montgomery, Creative Media Practice student Gabriel Malone and recent Film-making and Screen writing alumni Shaun Sutton and Sarah Kesson. A drone (remote controlled aerial camera) was piloted by lecturer Shona Wallace and her husband Craig.

The resultant film can be seen here – The music is also composed and recorded by a ‘Songwriting and Performance’ masters student, David Roddie.

The film has been very well received. It has been shown throughout the BBC Scotland building in the lead up to Children in Need night. Also – a bit of a coup this – some shots from the film were used on the BBC network Children in Need show .

Senior management at the BBC have also been very positive –

Donald Iain Brown, Head of Production Talent Network, BBC said,

“I’ve just watched this. What a brilliant film…the music is fantastic and the song is brilliant.”

Donalda Mackinnon who is Head of Programmes and Services at BBC Scotland said,

“The film is amazing…on behalf of BBC Children in Need, thank you so very much.”
Well done to Head of Broadcast Production Paul Tucker and all involved.

Photographer Gary McGlaughlin is seen here capturing the cast of UWS 2nd year Performers Panto “Jock And The Beanstalk” today at UWS Ayr.

They tell the tail of local lad Jock McGroin, a wannabee popstar and X Factor applicant, as he fights the evil Giant Farquhar McFrack and his aide de camp, Barry McBad The Bad.

Can Jock save his village from the predations of the giant who wants to drill for shale oil?

Will Barry McBad the Bad’s Vow to make him rich ever come true?

Can Daisy the Cow dance and will Jock ever find true love?

These questions and many more will be answered in the first ever Panto performed by UWS students in our newly lit Studio Theatre.You are cordially invited to come along

to Boo, Hiss and Cheer. Oh yes you are!

First night of the show is Thurs 11th Dec at 6.00 PM in the Studio Theatre, UWS. Ayr.

Matinee 1.00 pm Friday 12th and last night 6.00 PM .

Tickets £5.00 and £2.50 on the door. Suitable for all ages.


You are cordially invited to both of our free Fife Writes Events below.
Fife Writes presents 2 free events
in association with Book Week Scotland and kind support from Create in Fife
Fife Writes Wordcraft Workshop
Tips and techniques for writers of prose and poetry explored – for budding and experienced writers – at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday, 22 November, in the Activities Room of Kirkcaldy Galleries. Featuring Tom Hubbard.
Fife Writes presents a Night of Stars
A glorious evening packed with the talents of Billy Kay, Dawn Wood and Brian Johnstone, and captivating music by Sonny Carntyne – at 7 p.m. on Saturday 29 November in Studio 6, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes.

Members and their friends and the public are cordially invited to our free Fife Writes Events
If you can manage to advertise these on your website and social media channels that would be great. Please see for further details. Thanks.
Best Regards
George Sinclair
On Behalf of Fife Writes

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We are very sorry but due to unforeseen circumstances, both performances of “Tragic” by Iain Heggie on 4th of November have been cancelled.

tragic-flyr-05-08-14-frontcmyk11-lst149270Tragic by Iain Heggie

We are very sorry but due to unforeseen circumstances both performance of “Tragic” at UWS on Tues 4th Nov have been cancelled.

‘You cant kill someone just cos a ghost tells you. I mean: is a ghost the most reliable source?’

he’s little more than a boy
and he’s saying these totally outrageous things
about his family
and friends
and neighbours
from the privacy of his bedroom
when this total bombshell drops
and he’s left with the mother of all dilemmas
and – as they say in Hollywood –


Iain Heggie’s hilarious, exciting and moving one man adaptation of Hamlet clears away the fog and brings the great story to vivid, pulsating life.

UWS Performance Space 1.

Tuesday 4th November.

Matinee 2.00 PM.

Evening Performance 6.00 PM.

Both Performances FREE to UWS Students and Staff

You may know someone looking to do a PhD in screenwriting research, including by practice. If so, this might be of interest.  You can contact me using  email  or use the link or contact Helga direct (below).

best wishes


Full PhD Scholarships in the School of Media and Communication

The School of Media and Communication is offering a number of full PhD Scholarships for study commencing in October 2015. Research Council funded awards are available from the AHRC through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities and from the ESRC through the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. Closing dates for these are 2 February and 3 February 2015 respectively.

In addition the School is funding full scholarships covering maintenance and fees, equivalent to the Home/EU rate, for a period of three years from October 2015. They support full-time study leading to a PhD in any area of the School research activities, and are open to home/EU and international applicants. Closing date for School Scholarships is 1 May 2015.

Further details for can be found on the ‘Fees & Funding’ tab at

With many thanks

Helga Mitterbacher
PVAC Graduate School
School of Music, room 1.04
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 343 3756


INVITATION • Thursday 21 August 2014, 6-8pm

Networking Event

UWS Ayr Campus

Honeycomb – CreativeWorks


Film and broadcast Animation Computer gaming Interactive media Music technologies


• Are you a creative professional or small business developing digital content for film, broadcast, animation, computer gaming, interactive media or music technologies?

• Are you based in the Western Seaboard of Scotland, Northern Ireland or the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland?

• Would you like to meet other digital content creators and creative professionals?

• Would you like information on a programme of master-classes, short courses, networking events and seed funding to help support your business?




Honeycomb – Creative Works is an EU funded £3.58m programme targeted at the digital content sector across the INTERREG IVA region of Northern Ireland, the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland and the western seaboard of Scotland.


Honeycomb will address the economic, educational, social and cultural needs of the sector by focusing on SMEs, organisations and individuals that play a role, or have a vested interest in the development of the digital content sub sector, particularly those who work in film & broadcast, animation, computer gaming, interactive media & music technologies




• Developing Networks of Scale aims to build the capacity of, and establish greater links between digital content SMEs, freelancers and start-ups across the three regions through a comprehensive networking programme.

• Skills Development aims to address the shortfall in sector-specific training for the digital content sector.

• Intelligence Gathering aims to monitor sectoral developments and to devise a range of studies to ensure that the programme is constantly updated in light of new industry requirements.

• Enterprise Development and Project Finance aims to provide a seed funding programme and investment fund for early stage digital content projects for both freelancers and creative enterprises.


Please rsvp to me,


We look forward to sharing information with you and introducing you to a new network in the beautiful surroundings of the UWS Ayr Campus, University Avenue, Ayr.


Refreshments will be available.

A message from Laura Kerr, Youth Strategy Officer at South Ayrshire Council, about an excellent opportunity for students to join the Ayrshire Youth Arts Network Advisory Committee

We are now recruiting young people for the Ayrshire Youth Arts Network Advisory Committee.  The positions are open to young people aged 14 – 25  from Ayrshire – there are 3 places for each Ayrshire, making it a group total of 9.  All of the information and the link to the application form is available at
I would be grateful if you would consider sharing this information with your contacts to reach as wide a group as possible before the closing date of 28 July. I know the summer period is a difficult time to engage with young people but it is fantastic opportunity and it would be appreciated if you could reach out to any young people who may be interested.
Ideally, we would like to recruit young people from more vulnerable and targeted backgrounds who have benefited from the arts. It would therefore be helpful  if you could provide encouragement and support, if required. I am more than happy to help where needed too, so please don’t hesitate to contact me.
If you are emailing out to young people, here is some suggested text:

Ayrshire Youth Arts Network is a new initiative funded by Creative Scotland, as part of the Time to Shine Strategy. It’s purpose is to enrich young people’s lives through arts and creativity. We are setting up an Ayrshire Youth Arts Advisory Group to help plan, deliver, monitor and evaluate the project which has received £399,000 funding!

We are looking for young people aged 14-25 from across Ayrshire with:

–      Enthusiasm for the arts and creativity
–      Ability to communicate well with adults and young people
–      Ability to work within a group
–      Ability to understand and listen to other people’s views and be sensitive towards the experiences of others
–      Ability to take on board the views of others
–      Ability to work with others in a way that doesn’t judge or discriminate
–      Flexibility and willingness to travel across Ayrshire (we will cover transport costs)
–      A willingness to commit to meetings and other events between 1 – 4 times per month
*Please note the closing date is Monday 28 July 2014 *
Find out more and apply at or contact Kirsty Gallacher on 01294 273051 or
Many thanks
Laura Kerr
Youth Strategy Officer
South Ayrshire Council
Community, Enterprise and Development
CLD Office
Troon Library
South Beach

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