Dramatic success

Bedwyr Rees. Image: BBC.

Bedwyr Rees. Image: BBC.

10 August 2012

Bedwyr Rees, a graduate of Theatre Studies here at Aberystwyth, is the victorious playwright at this year’s National Eisteddfod which is taking place this week at the Vale of Glamorgan.

Originally from Anglesey and living in Llangefni, he was awarded the Medal for a three act stage play set on a beach.

Nine plays were presented for the competition with three standing out. According to the adjudicators, Ian Rowlands and Sera Moore Williams, the "sound and simple structure of the play enables time to pass and for us to follow the story of the three characters.”

Dr Jamie Medhurst, head of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, congratulated Bedwyr. He said; “The Department takes great pride in the success of one of its alumni a warmly congratulates Bedwyr on his achievement.”

Bedwyr’s original intention was to study Geography and Welsh at Aberystwyth. However, during his time here he decided to follow a course in Theatre Studies after being attracted to the subject by Hazel Walford Davies.

He worked for many years as a member of the scripting team for the popular young people’s series on S4C ‘Rownd a Rownd’ and is the author of a several novels and plays for young people. He is currently a member of the staff at the TV company Rondo.

The Drama Medal, ond of the main literary awards at the National Eisteddfod, was presented in memory of the teacher and author Urien William.