Students from the MA Musical Theatre and MA Perfformio courses from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Wales Academy of Voices and Dramatic Arts are to present Bad Girls: The Musical at The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff between the 16th and 17th of June.
Set in a women’s prison, ‘Bad Girls’ is an entertaining musical, based on the award-winning and hugely popular ITV drama series from the early 2000s of the same name. It follows the staff and inmates of HMP Larkhall. Watch as prostitutes, shoplifters, drug dealers and murderers tell you of the lives they left and fight for the dreams they have of a better future from the hardened prison guards. Full of big songs and characters, ‘Bad Girls’ is an exhilarating mix of gritty reality, rebellious spirit, emotional honesty and irreverent humour, that touches hearts and kicks up a riot!
“Bad Girls is a creative fun musical,” says Director Tonya Smith, known for her acting in tv roles in ‘Casualty,’ and ‘Pobol y Cwm’, “It tells the story of a gritty woman’s prison. But with a bit of glitz glamour and jumpsuits. It’s a fun show full of twists and turns!”
Joining Tonya with directional duties is Christopher Fossey as musical director.
Bad Girls: The Musical will have an international feel to its casting, as it will feature many students from different countries. Amongst the cast students from Portugal, China, Scotland, Gibraltar, England and Wales will be performing, and they’re looking forward to their final performance.
Student Blake Walters says “I’m looking forward to getting into the mindset of Jim and seeing how far I can push the character. The score of the musical is beyond catchy so, I’m looking forward to seeing how the songs will be performed.
“Working with Tonya and Chris is great, Tonya is very open to ideas and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with another industry professional. Chris is incredibly helpful with teaching us harmonies and breaking down the songs and lines so we can get the phrases sounding like the way they were intended to sound.”
Cast member, Veronica Singleton adds, “Improvisation between scenes trying new things in this show is what I’m enjoying the proses of trial and error. it’s really collaborative space with Tonya and the rest of the crew and giving me a chance to utilise the skills I’ve learned over the course.”
- Tickets are available via Ticketsource.