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RWCMD Drama Highlights 2019

9 September 2019

In Autumn 1949 Cardiff College of Music and Drama welcomed its first cohort of students to Cardiff Castle (the featured image shows drama students at the Castle in 1951, just before a young student called Anthony Hopkins joined the College in 1955),

70 years later we mark the anniversary of the College’s founding with a feast of achievements by our current students with our Richard Burton Company as well as dance, family entertainment and some very special guests including RWCMD graduates, RWCMD Fellow Russell T Davies, Lesley Sharp, the Cardiff Dance Festival and Murray Lachlan Young…

Drama students studying at the Castle, 1951

Richard Burton Company Season 16th – 26th October

London Wall

Wed 16 October – Sat 26 October 7.15pm
Matinees Tues 22 October & Thurs 24 October 2.30pm

by John Van Druten
Directed by Julia Thomas

An important play highlighting the inequality of women employed as shorthand typists in a busy solicitor’s office in 1930s London, preyed on by their male colleagues with marriage their only option of escape.

Caird Studio

Bus Stop

Fri 18 October – Sat 26 October 8pm
Matinee Fri 25 October 2.30pm

by William Inge
Directed by David Bond

Tony Award-nominated romance about an aspiring nightclub singer and her obsessive young cowboy boyfriend who get stranded in a Kansas diner during a snowstorm. Written by one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century and famously adapted for screen in 1956 in the film starring Marilyn Monroe.

Bute Theatre

Image from last year’s production of ‘One Hundred Percent Positive Wellness.’ Credit: Kirsten McTernan

Stupid F***ing Bird

17th October – 26th October (Matinee 23rd October 2.30pm; Captioned Performance 25th October 7.30pm)

By Aaron Posner
A wonderfully clever remix of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull
Directed by Patricia Logue

Often hilarious, often tragic, Stupid F***ing Bird is a raw meditation on art, reality, love and life. It asks questions about what it ALL means and plays beautifully with the disappointment of existence. Posner’s Olay was awarded the 2014 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Writing and the 2015 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Writing.

Richard Burton Theatre

Richard Burton Company Season 27th Nov – 7 December


28th November – 7th December, 7.30pm. Matinee 3rd December 2.30pm

by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Hannah Noone

‘It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.’ The past and present blur in Tom Stoppard’s modern masterpiece about truth and time. What really happened to Thomasina Coverly 180 years ago at Sidley Park? Two modern scholars set about the Derbyshire country estate and uncover the mysterious events of the past.

Richard Burton Theatre

From last year’s production of ‘Rage’. Credit: Mark Douet

Dealer’s Choice

Wed 27 November – Sat 7 December 7.15pm
Matinees Sat 30 November & Wed 4 December 2.30pm

by Patrick Marber
Directed by Oscar Toeman

After hours, in the basement of a London restaurant, there’s a poker game. It’s supposed to be a laugh, but stakes are high and winning has a price. Patrick Marber’s brilliantly funny play explores the shortcomings of men well acquainted with losing.
Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Writers’ Guild Award for Best West End Play.

Caird Studio

Dance Nation

Fri 29 November – Sat 7 December 8pm
Matinee Thurs 5 December 2.30pm

by Clare Barron
Director Elle While

‘Maybe this is the year, this is the moment, this is the dance where your lives will start!’

Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming. An army of competitive dancers is ready to take over the world, one routine at a time.

Bute Theatre

Visiting Companies

Kamil and Francis

Fri 27 September 7.30pm
Sun 29 September 2pm (Post-show talk with D.J.Britton)

(c), “Francis and the Sultan” by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, Courtesy of Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province

Theatr Cadair present the world premiere of a new play by D.J.Britton

Kamil and Francis marks the 800th anniversary of the extraordinary meeting between Saint Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Kamil of Egypt in 1219. D.J. Britton’s play examines how talking, listening, and personal friendship can overcome prejudice. Like his much-acclaimed The Wizard the Goat and the Man Who Won the War, this new work abounds in humour and surprises.

Richard Burton Theatre

Peggy’s Song

Saturday 5 October 7.30pm

Written by Katherine Chandler
Directed by Phil Clark
Performed by Christian Patterson

Featuring a plethora of RWCMD Graduates, Katherine Chandler’s touchingly funny monologue explores an unexpected friendship between hapless hospital radio DJ Danny Walkman and tough talking patient Peggy.
After his radio show at St Bevan’s Hospital, Danny has a chance encounter in the Garden of Hope with Peggy. They’ve nothing in common, but in Danny’s world everyone likes music, don’t they?

Everyone’s got a song, and if there’s one thing Danny Walkman is good at, it’s getting people to tell him what their song is. Peggy doesn’t give much away, so it’s a race against time for Danny to find, and play, Peggy’s song.

Richard Burton Theatre

RTS Cymru / Wales In Conversation with Russell T Davies

28th October, 7.00pm SOLD OUT 

The Royal Television Society commemorates sixty years in Wales with an evening dedicated to Swansea-born screen writer and executive producer, Russell T Davies. Russell has penned ground-breaking shows such as Queer As Folk and The Second Coming, while his recent adaptation of A Very English Scandal for BBC has won numerous awards. This year, his latest drama, Years and Years, broadcast to outstanding critical acclaim. We will be talking with Russell about his entire career including, of course, Doctor Who and its family of shows.

Dora Stoutzker Hall

I, Clara: Clara Schumann- A Life in Music

Wednesday 6 November 7.30pm
(Post-show Q&A)

Lucy Parham piano
Lesley Sharp narrator (Change from advertised Patricia Hodge)

Lesley Sharp

Created by Lucy Parham to celebrate 200 years since Clara Schumann’s birth in 1819, I, Clara tells the story of the extraordinary life of an exceptional woman in her own words. Drawn from letters and diaries, actress Lesley Sharp’s narration is interspersed with live performances of works by Clara and Robert Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Chopin by renowned pianist Lucy Parham.

“One of the must-see events of the musical calendar” BBC Music Magazine

Dora Stoutzker Hall

BlackRAT: Art

Thurs 7 November – Sat 9 November 7.45pm

Black RAT Productions and Blackwood Miners’ Institute Co-production

By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Richard Tunley

Three men; one painting; much disaster!

Serge has bought a large, completely white painting for an extortionate sum of money. Marc hates the painting and cannot believe that a friend of his could possibly want such a modern piece. Yvan attempts, unsuccessfully, to placate both sides with hilarious consequences.

Classy, funny, entertaining and heart-warming, ART is a phenomenon. One of the most successful comedies ever.

Richard Burton Theatre


Shane Shambhu: Confessions Of A Cockney Temple Dancer

Friday 4 October 7.30pm

Shane Shambhu is an Associate of the Complicite company and a compelling performer, who reveals his life story growing up in East Ham with a dream to be a professional Indian dancer in Britain. Shane’s contemporary storytelling comes alive with video projection, comedy stand-up routines peppered with characters from Shane’s life, that will have audiences laughing out loud.

Richard Burton Theatre


Friday 15 & Saturday 16 November 7.15pm

Part of Cardiff Dance Festival, in association with the Royal Welsh College

Fierce new moves from fierce new dancers – the world’s most exhilarating early career dancers bring their latest creations to Cardiff. Formed each year from a global search for new talent, Rambert2’s dancers combine technical virtuosity with raw energy. They work with some of the most exciting international choreographers around to create dance pieces that embody their fearless spirit.

Richard Burton Theatre

Family Entertainment

The Mystery Of The Raddlesham Mumps

Thursday 31 October 7pm

Written and performed by Murray Lachlan Young (BBC 6 Music Poet in Residence)
Directed by Nina Hajiyianni

After a series of untimely deaths, 7-year-old Crispin inherits a huge, empty house called Raddlesham Mumps. The butler tells him about the bizarre and hilarious deaths of his deeply eccentric ancestors and the story takes flight on darkly comic wings.

This brand-new show for children began its life as a 6000-word epic family poem and mixes dark storytelling and poetry with a brilliant score, which will make you and your family shudder and laugh out loud!

Halloween fancy dress encouraged!

Richard Burton Theatre

Age Guidance: 7+

The Bear

Sunday 3 November 2pm

From the book by Raymond Briggs
Adapted by Pins and Needles Productions

One night when she’s fast asleep, Tilly is visited by an enormous bear. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly’s not scared. Join Tilly and her great big white friend on a wild and magical adventure. With dazzling puppetry, delicious music and dozens of laughs, The Bear is an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

“Move over War Horse this polar puppet is magic.” The Guardian

Richard Burton Theatre

Age Guidance: 3+

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For more details see the College’s What’s On Performance Guide.