Drama training and performance relies so much on being together and responding to each other in a physical space – so how do we do that and share students’ work with our audiences when we can’t yet open our doors to the public

As a training establishment the College is able to continue creating theatre (within Covid guidelines) when all of the venues in Wales are still dark (RWCMD has special permission from Welsh Government to do this). During the Christmas countdown the College presented five plays, some of which can be seen by audiences online from January, brought together by teams of student actors, stage managers, designers, scenic artists, constructors and costume designers. All are supported and supervised by a team of staff committed to enabling the students to have a real experience, even with small invited audiences.

RWCMD’s first In Camera season, Twelfth Night Remembered, based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act and The Moors, were performed last term, under strict Covid conditions. Alongside this they were shot in differing styles, from NT Live style multi camera format to a single hand-held camera filming in a single shot, available as videos on demand on the College’s website in January, the productions will be available to a much wider audience.

Earlier last term the Richard Burton Company’s inaugural Royal Welsh Short Film Festival, showcasing original scripts written by leading writers and filmed by a professional film crew, also premiered online.

‘We have a responsibility to our students to provide the best opportunities we can and give them as much exposure to the industry as possible,’ said Jonathan Munby, Director of Drama Performance, who directed Twelfth Night Remembered.

‘Filming and streaming the work means that we’ll be able to reach a far wider audience than we normally would be able to, as well as providing the students with a professional experience in line with current industry practice’

‘There’s no question that working in a pandemic is difficult. Keeping social distancing at all times, on and off stage, makes the creative process incredibly challenging. It’s been a Herculean effort by all involved, to keep everyone safe and well, as well as maintaining the integrity of the work.’ 

The Richard Burton Company In Camera Season will be available online from January 19th.  Find out more on our What’s On pages at www.rwcmd.ac.uk