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British South Seas Adventure Comedy Romance Hits the Torch Stage

Students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen will be performing The Admirable Crichton by J.M.Barrie at two venues across Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire this week. On Wednesday 15 May, you can see the play, written in 1902, on the Torch Theatre stage, directed by William Kingshott and Torch Theatre’s very own award-winning Artistic Director, Chelsey Gillard.

This joyful comedy is presented by third year students from the Acting and Design and Production courses at the University. The classic satire, pokes fun at British manners and asks what will happen if the “natural” order is upended. Members of an aristocratic family find themselves shipwrecked on a desert island with just one pair of shoes between them and someone must take the lead – will it be the blustering Lord Loam or their loyal butler Crichton? 

Torch Theatre’s Artistic Director Chesley Gillard said:

“I love the work of J.M. Barrie and it's a real joy to be rehearsing this play with the third year acting and production students at UWTSD. The show is wonderfully witty and fun. It really pokes fun at the ideas of British manner and I'm sure you'll all be laughing along with these fantastically talented students.”

Taylor Dyderski and Alyanna Arzente, both students at UWTSD, say that the experiences that they are gaining on this production will help them prepare for their future careers in the industry.                       

“As set design and production students, we learn a lot about how to adapt sets, lighting, and costumes so that we can tour them around different venues. Working within different environments and making sure that we are working sustainably. We are working alongside Chelsey and William, to achieve their creative visions and from this opportunity we are learning to a high standard how to be practitioners in the industry.”

Playing the role of Crichton, Celeste Turnbull has enjoyed diving into the role.

"As it is a period piece, us acting students have had to learn the specific rules of etiquette that were expected at the time. Wearing the amazing period-accurate costumes has allowed us to develop the physicalisation of our characters and delve into their mindsets. It's nice to look back at period plays and learn a different form of our language that we wouldn't necessarily consider including in our repertoire,” explained Celeste.

Content warning: may contain flashing lights and loud noises.

The Admirable Crichton will be performed on the Torch Theatre stage on Wednesday 15 May at 7pm. Ticket prices: £8 / £5 concessions. For tickets phone the Box Office on 01646 695267 or click here. You can also see the production at y Stiwdio Fach, Yr Egin, Carmarthen on Thursday 17 May at 7pm and Friday 18 May at 2pm and 7pm. To book tickets for the Carmarthen shows, please contact (


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