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Katie Morag fans should note that Stuart Hepburn, Martin McCardie Sergio Casci and Lindy Cameron of Move On Up TV have been nominated for Best Children’s Screenplay in the British Screenwriter’s Awards as part of the London Screenwriter’s Festival . We all owe a great debt to Mairi Hedderwick for her fantastic books, and to Director Don Coutts and his Cast and Crew. If you are fans of the CBeebies and BBC Childrens series  about the adventures of the wee girl from Struay, you can vote by clicking here. VOTE FOR KATIE MORAG

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In schools and colleges all over the country, students interested in the Performing Arts are thinking about what their next step should be.
There have been lots of exciting developments in the performance subject area  at University Of The West Of Scotland in the past year.
We have formed a teaching partnership with the Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.
We have brought BA (Hons)Musical Theatre in-house to our £81 million campus in Ayr.
We have a brand new Technical Theatre Degree delivered through our partnership with the Gaiety .
Most importantly, all our Performance-based degrees are now 3 year Honours with entry levels at second year (Level 8) as well as third year (level 9).
All degrees require an audition, but students can apply to the courses in second year with :

3 Advanced Highers BCC or plus English at Higher level and Maths at Standard Grade 3 or above, National 4 or Intermediate 2.
3 A levels BBC or
An HNC (120 points) or
A B Tec 4 or
Intermediate 2 or
An International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points.

All our degrees also have a level 9 entry with an HND or equivalent to our DRAMA UK recognised degrees.

With all this expansion, we want the best students to come to UWS Ayr. Every year , more and more students apply through UCAS, and the standard of work and quality of candidates is increasing.

Two of our students from Edinburgh College, Emily Barr and Jennie Walker have made a short video about life at UWS.
If you have any contacts at your old college or know of any British or Overseas students who might be interested in a 3 year honours degree, please share this post with them so that they can get an idea of what it’s like being a student at UWS Ayr.

Also, here are the links for anyone of your friends or relatives who may be specifically interested in our 3 years honours degrees.

BA(Hons) Musical Theatre
http://www.uws.ac.uk/ba-musical-theatre/

BA(Hons) Performance
http://www.uws.ac.uk/ba-performance/

BA(Hons) Contemporary Screen Acting
http://www.uws.ac.uk/ba-cont-screen-acting/

BA(Hons) Technical Theatre (subject to validation)
http://www.uws.ac.uk/sp…/technical_theatre_(3rd_year_entry)/

Please feel free to share this and spread the word to your old colleges , colleagues or friends. If you think that your old college would like a visit from UWS staff to talk to students, then please let us know too.
Any questions, email stuart.hepburn@uws.ac.uk


 

Celebrated Scottish actor David Hayman visited University of the West of Scotland’s Ayr Campus recently to take part in the UWS collaborative creative industries project, StudioLab.

StudioLab is an ongoing project where students from all the University’s programmes related to the Creative Industries collaborate together to create recorded work and closely replicates the work of the professional Creative Industries, where teams of different disciplines get together to create a final product.

Hayman was at the University’s state-of-the-art recording studios at its Ayr Campus on 11 March to record a live Q&A session with third year Contemporary Screen Acting and Performance students .

David Hayman, the founder of SpiritAid  urged acting students to “follow their dreams” when he visited the Campus. He enthralled the audience for over an hour telling them of his humble beginnings in the business, right up to recent work with Oscar Winners Michael Fassbender and Marilyn Cotillard.

David Hayman commented: “I was completely knocked over by the talent and enthusiasm of the students and the outstanding preforming and recording facilities at UWS in Ayr. I am already planning my next visit to follow up the wonderful work being done at UWS Ayr.”

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The Photo above was taken by UWS Student Oliver Karaschewski .

It was an inspirational experience for students and staff which we recorded and will publish on our School Vimeo site.

Visits like these are an invaluable part of the process of the students gaining the skills, confidence and insights to enter the professional arena and we are planning more of these for the future. Watch this space for details.


The Theatre and Performance Research Association National Conference 2013  takes place in the Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland from Weds 4th-Friday 6th of Sept.

 

Full details can be found HERE 

I’ll be assisting my friend and colleague, the  freelance Arts Consultant Christine Hamilton with her contribution to the Keynote Panel Event in the Stephenson Hall at 4.pm on Weds 4th of Sept.

I’ll be performing  from 3 selected pieces by writers Pamela Carter and David Greig.

To quote from the TaPRA programme :
“Each member of the panel has been asked to reflect on how the practices and insights of contemporary theatre and performance might help to inform, broaden or indeed reconfigure the cultural and political discourses around possible independence in Scotland and accompanying notions of national identity. How might the mental and imaginary landscapes of theatre and performance-making offer productive ways of (re) thinking our views about self-determination, democracy and cultural production in a local, national and global context in the early 21st century.
Ben Harrison (Co-Artistic Director of Grid Iron)
Goran Golovko (Vice-Dean, Arts Academy, University of Split, Croatia)
Christine Hamilton (Freelance Arts Consultant, Glasgow)
Chair: Mary Brennan (Dance & Performance Critic for The Glasgow Herald)”

Hope to see some of you there. Rumour has it I will be around at the wine reception at The Arches at 6.30 pm. Image


Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

I’ll be presenting one of the  talks in  the “Traverse Through Time” series in   the Cairns Lecture Theatre at  Summerhall,  Edinburgh at 11 am on Friday 23rd of August.

Book tickets through the Traverse Through Time Website.

Other speakers in the series include the present Artistic Director,  Orla O’Loughlin, Writer and Actor Steven Berkoff and playwright Peter Arnott.


Rehearsals  are well under way  for my new play “Marco Pantani: The Pirate”. The play  will be running at Oran Mor as part of the “Play , A Pie And A Pint”  series from May 13th -18th. It will  will also be presented at The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock on Sunday 19th.

Details of bookings and ticket prices for Marco Pantani: The Pirate can be found online here.

The part of Italian Cyclist Marco Pantani will be taken by Scots Actor Jordan Young, who has just finished filming in Irvine Welsh’s new pic “Filth”.

The part of Tonina, his mother will be played by Blythe Duff, who has just returned from  an Off Broadway production of David Harrower’s “Good With People.”

The cast is completed by actor James Smillie, who has appeared in a a multitude of television shows and stage plays, both in the UK and Australia. His television credits include The Tomorrow PeopleAdventure IslandSpace: 1999ThrillerPrisoner: Cell Block H,

The play has a real UWS feel to it. Director David Overend is a lecturer in Performance, our Studio managers, Jamie Hare and Keith Bird  will be providing visuals, while UWS Radio Graduate Stuart Watt will be creating a bespoke soundscape using special recordings of cycle parts.  The production team is completed by  UWS Performance Graduand Deborah Lochran and Catriona Hepburn who studied Playwriting & Team Writing For Television at UWS.

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Jordan Young

Jordan Young


I have posted earlier about the filming of our Innovation & Research Office Video 

Yesterday the UWS  production crew  spent the day in the delightful company of inventor and entrepreneur Giovanni Benedetti at his factory in Wishaw. Gio told the story of how he and his team  had developed the idea of a practical aid to prevent the dangers of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) on long  air journeys.

Gio Benedetti witth the UWS Production Team and Wallace Cameron staff

His “Actiflo” system has just been approved by the North American authorities as a direct result of the testing which UWS was able to carry out on the effiiciency of the product.  “Without the work of UWS, the US authorities would never have allowed us to sell in the States and Canada. It is going to make a huge difference to our sales.”

The team then headed out to our Hamilton Campus where we filmed the work of Dr Fergal Grace a Senior Lecturer in  the UWS Excercise Science group at our Hamilton Campus . Fergal was able to explain the process whereby UWS is able to carry out clinical scientific trials for local businesses in order to enhance their products and develop their marketability. These business to university relationships can all be set up through the Innovation and Research Office. For more information on how they can help local businesses and SME’s please click HERE. You can also phone IRO at 0141 848 3400

Dr Fergal Grace, John S Caldwell and Michael Hines

Look out for the UWS “Open For Business”  video when it is launched in the Autumn.

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