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Congratulations Geinor

Delighted to see our Artistic Director Geinor Styles awarded an honourary fellowship today from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, alongside Huw Edwards and a host of other brilliant people.

The work of Merthyr born theatre director and playwright Geinor Styles has been recognised today by an honorary fellowship awarded by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Other recipients of honorary fellowships include, Hugo Blick (Writer, Producer, Director and an alumnus of the College), Lynwen Brennan (General Manager – Lucasfilm), Lucy Davies (Executive Producer, Royal Court Theatre), Huw Edwards (Broadcaster), Tim Rhys Evans MBE (Founder and Conductor of Only Men Aloud and Only Boys Aloud. Also an alumnus of the College) and Dr Alan Watson (Internationally recognised bio-scientist researching musical performance physiology.

An RWCMD alumni and the Artistic Director of multi award-winning theatre company Theatr na nÓg, Geinor has been working in the industry for over 25 years, creating magical theatre experiences for predominantly young audiences.

Her work embodies a love for inspirational stories rooted in Wales - in particular untold stories from Wales’ rich history are given a new life under her direction. Her passion for sharing these stories and making theatre accessible to the communities to whom they belong reflects an ethos of creating high quality theatre for the masses.

This year the company celebrates 30 years of a Swansea-based project which annually sees more than 80 primary schools experience a Theatr na nÓg production, for many children, their first experience of theatre.

“I am so proud and delighted to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the College especially as it acknowledges the work that I’ve created in Wales for young audiences. I am grateful for the training I received here and in particular a special thank you to Mr David Edwards who as my lecturer, instilled in me the importance of quality theatre for audiences in Wales and beyond. Diolch yn fawr.”

In addition to her work for schools, Geinor has nurtured her company to sell-out success in venues across the UK and beyond, with her acclaimed retelling of Tom Jones’ early career in Wales in Tom: The Musical, her original musical Eye of the Storm which premiered in Asia earlier this year, and in numerous trips to far flung corners of the world telling the story of Welsh explorer and co-discoverer of evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace.

With Theatr na nÓg, Geinor is currently preparing for a UK-wide tour of her new musical Eye of the Storm, co-written by one of today’s most in-demand songwriters, Grammy Award winning Amy Wadge. Inspired by Geinor’s work with young carers in her community, the play tells an inspiring story of a young girl torn between caring for her mother and living out her dreams as part of a generation with the power to end climate change.

Eye of the Storm is on tour this autumn across venues in Edinburgh, Swansea, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Newport, Bangor and Aberystwyth. Visit eyeofthestormmusical.co.uk.

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