New Roy Williams’ Play Premiere

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Premiering at RWCMD & Sherman Theatre: 26 May – 3 June  

The Yard, London: 8 – 17 June 

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama’s annual new writing festival will feature an original play from its Writer in Residence, award-winning playwright Roy Williams, premiering in Cardiff and then The Yard Theatre, London, this summer.   

Freedom (March on Selma), commissioned by the College and directed by Tom Bellerby, is one of four new plays which feature in NEW ’22. The season also includes another RWCMD commission, Really Bad, written and directed by Louise Orwin, Jungle Green, produced in collaboration with Sherman Theatre, written by Jacob Hodgkinson and directed by Matthew Holmquist, and Moon Licks by Charlie Josephine and directed by Sean Linnen, in collaboration with Paines Plough.  

‘I’m thrilled that we’re working with writers of such high calibre, range and diversity in this season of NEW at RWCMD, writers who are incredibly important voices in UK theatre, that tap directly into the most prescient and significant concerns of our times,’ said Jonathan Munby, Director of Drama Performance.   

‘Roy is one of the leading Black voices in the country and a world-leading playwright. We’re honoured to have him with us at the Royal Welsh College. Not only is he creating a piece of work directly with and for the students, but he’s also helping feed the cultural DNA of the College and facilitating the conversation we’re currently having about plays, writers and the repertoire we are teaching and programming.’ 

Since NEW launched in 2013 it’s produced 34 new, challenging, provocative and ambitious productions, with this season’s plays exploring questions about identity politics, processing loss and the state of humanity.  

This hugely ambitious project involves all 31 graduating actors, as well as the students from the design and stage management courses, who make up the College’s Richard Burton Company, collaborating with some of the country’s most exciting writers and directors. Theatre Village is excited by such developments and wish all the cast and crew, a break a leg moment!

The Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama

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