Mrs Ffion Evans

Lecturer in Performance, Additional Duties

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Ffion Haf Evans

Head of Theatre and Performance

ffion.haf@bangor.ac.uk

01248 388458

Office Location: Ground Floor, John Philips Hall, College Road

Contact Info

Ffion Haf Evans

Head of Theatre and Performance

ffion.haf@bangor.ac.uk

01248 388458

Office Location: Ground Floor, John Philips Hall, College Road

Overview

Ffion has been lecturing and directing professionally in the theatre industry since 2011. After graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Drama at Aberystwyth’s University and then on to completing an M.A. in Theatre Directing at St Mary’s University College London, she has trained extensively in a wide variety of context. From vocal developments with coaches from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Director’s from the Young Vic, insights from the Shakespeare Globe, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Complicite, Frantic Assembly and Mike Alfreds, to thorough studies and practice in Stanislavski’s late work, Michael Chekov’s processes, Meisner Technique to Jaques Lecoq’s playfulness study on physicality. Ffion uses her experience and research to continue to explore the physicality, psychology and vocal development of the actor in performance.

Interested mainly in contemporary performance practice and training, Ffion has worked with Wales’s International Touring Contemporary Opera Company, ‘Music Theatre Wales’, assisting director Michael McCarthy and representing the company as tour director on their National Tour in collaboration with the Welsh Language National Theatre (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) on their recent Opera ‘Y TŴR’ (The Tower) (original stage play by Gwenlyn Parry) 2017.

In 2016 she was selected as one of 12 UK director’s to engage in a Contemporary European Director’s research with World Renowned German Theatre Director, Thomas Ostermeier (Artistic Director of the Schaubühne Theatre in Berlin), in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland, Goethe Institute Glasgow, and Living Pictures and directed a National Tour across Wales of UK Award Winning dramatist ‘Gary Owen’ play ‘Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian’ (Welsh Language Translation by BAFTA winning writer ‘Meic Povey’ – ‘Mrs Reynolds a’r Cena Bach). The production received an award for ‘Best Female Performance’ (Siw Hughes) at the Wales Theatre Awards 2017 and was nominated for Best Male Performance and Best Production.

She has also worked with the Arts Council of Wales as a Creative Agent developing creativity in education within primary and secondary education, in collaboration with educational senior management, and has extensive experience within project management. She established a young people's theatre (BRAIN) for Cwmni Fran Wen (Welsh Theatre Company) between 2011-2014 and the theatre's young people branch are still flourishing from strength to strength on a local and national level. She continued working alongside Fran Wen between 2014-2015 as an associate director, supporting the artsitic programming as well as directing national touring productions.  

Since 2019, Ffion is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and currently Head of Theatre and Performance at the School of Music and Media. She is a fluent Welsh Speaker who continues to work on a regular basis between academia and the professional industry to develop curriculum design and performance research practice and training for the future.

Research

Performances

Theatre Productions Directed by Ffion Haf

  • ‘Mrs Reynolds a’r Cena Bach’ (Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian) by Gary Owen, Welsh Translation by Meic Povey. Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre) in collaboration with Frân Wen and Galeri Caernarfon. National Tour April-May 2016.
  • ‘Saer y Sêr’ (Star Maker) Devised by the cast and crew. Frân Wen in creative partnership with Pontio and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre). National Tour November-December 2015.
  • ‘Drych’ (Mirror) by Llŷr Titus. Frân Wen in collaboration with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre). National Tour September-October 2015.
  • ‘Dim Diolch’ (No Thanks) by Iola Ynyr. Frân Wen. Supported by Wales Arts International to represent the Welsh Language and explore the production of bilingualism at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2014.
  • ‘Chwarel’ (Quarry) Site Specific, Multi-disciplinary Production devised by young people and professional artists (BRAIN) Frân Wen, in collaboration with Pontio and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre). Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda, 2014.
  • ‘Bocsys’ (Boxes) Site Specific, Multi-disciplinary Production devised by young people and professional artists (BRAIN) Frân Wen. Performed at the Companies home, 2013.
  • ‘Dim Diolch’ (No Thanks) by Iola Ynyr. Frân Wen. North Wales Tour, 2013.
  • ‘Man Gwyn, Man Draw’ by Meic Povey (apart of the ‘World Stage Design Festival’ 2013) Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre) in partnership with Sherman Cymru and Living Pictures, 2013.
  • ‘Gwyn dy Fyd’ Site Specific Production devised by young people (BRAIN) Frân Wen. Hendre Hall, Bangor, 2013.
  • ‘I’r Gad’ Devised by Cwmni Bach. (Angharad Thomas) Commissioned by the Welsh Language Society ‘Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg’ to celebrate their 50 established years. Performed at the National Eisteddfod (Welsh, Annual Cultural Festival in Wales) Llanllyfni village hall and Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, 2012.
  • ‘Sigl di Gwt’ Devised by Frân Wen. Site Specific Development on Aberdaron’s beach in collaboration with Aberdaron’s primary school, 2012.
  • ‘Sbri’ by Beth Angell. Frân Wen in collaboration with the Urdd Eisteddfod and Galeri Caernarfon, 2012.
  • ‘Tasa Ti’n Sefyll yn Fama’ (If you were standing here) Production written by young people (BRAIN) Frân Wen. Inspired by Rachel Trezise’s short stories ‘Fresh Apples’, 2012.
  • ‘Cartref’ (Home) Site Specific Production produced with the Urdd’s Youth Theatre Company during a three-week residency. Arad Goch theatre company in collaboration with Frân Wen and Urdd Gobaith Cymru, 2011.
  • ‘The Country’ by Martin Crimp. Battersea Arts Centre, London, 2011.
  • ‘Blodeuwedd’ by Saunders Lewis (devised version), St Mary’s University College, London, 2010.
  • ‘Esiampl Dr Korzak’ (Dr Korzak’s example) by David Greig. Urdd Gobaith Cymru in collaboration with Theatr Fach Llangefni, 2010.

Productions Ffion has worked on as an associate director:

  • Y Tŵr (Composed by Guto Puw, Libretto Gwyneth Glyn) Directed by Michael McCarthy. Music Theatre Wales in collaboration with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru 2017.
  • ‘Chwalfa’ by T.Rowland Hughes (Stage adaptation by Gareth Miles) Directed by Arwel Gruffydd. Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre) in collaboration with Pontio and Frân Wen, 2013–2014.
  • ‘Blodeuwedd’ by Saunders Lewis. Directed by Arwel Gruffydd. Site Specific Production on Tomen y Mur’s Site in Trawsfynydd. Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh National Theatre) 2013.

Research Interests:

Directing, Acting, Dramaturgy, Contemporary Theatre, Multi Media Theatre, Film and Theatre. Performance Training, Actor's Training, New Writing, Devised Theatre, Scenography, Arts and Health, Theatre in the Community, Interdiciplinarary Arts Practice in Education, Theatre for Children and Young People, Theatre for Families, Professional Practice in the Arts Industry.

Teaching and Supervision

As well as overseeing the curriculum development of the theatre and performance programme here at the School, Ffion is responsible for teaching the following modules:

  • Performing for Stage and Screen (UXB/S 1403)
  • Contemporary Theatre Practice (UXB/S 2400 a 3400)
  • Professional Practice (UXB/S 2123 a 3123)

She also teaches and delivers workshops occasionally on the following modules:

  • Theatre Making (UXB/S 1120)
  • Site Specific Performance (UXB/S 2408 a 3408)
  • Theatre and the Self (UXB/S 2121 a 3122)

Dissertation Supervision (UXC/S):
Examples of previous undergraduate practice based research have included,

  • Impact of Forum Theatre on today’s audiences
  • Directing Contemporary Theatre
  • Devising Immersive Practice
  • Multimedia Performance
  • Exploring the Fourth Wall in Film Production

Ffion is a fluent Welsh Speaker and can deliver personal tutorials as well as academic supervision through the Medium of Welsh. She is always interested in connecting academic work with the professional industry and continues to work on a regular basis between the two. Bringing professional practice into her modules and curriculum design.

Grant Awards and Projects

Grants:

  • Small Grant ‘Arts Council of Wales’ Exploring a new Performance Lab 2017. (£5000)
  • National Touring Production Grant ‘Saer y Sêr’ (Star Maker), Frân Wen, Arts Council of Wales, 2015 (£55,000)
  • Research and Development ‘Saer y Sêr’ (Star Maker), Frân Wen, Arts Council of Wales, 2014–15 (£11,000)
  • Production Support Grant to stage at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Frân Wen, Wales Arts International 2014 (£12,000)
  • Pontio’r Bwlch (Bridging the Gap), Frân Wen, ESF European Funded Grant, 2011–2014 (£62,000)
  • CEWN Project, Bangor University, Cwmni Da, Beaumaris Gaol, Pilot Project, 2014 (£3,000)
  • Training and Development, Theatre Directing, Arts Council of Wales, 2012–2013 (£2,000)
  • BRAIN, Frân Wen, Arts Council of Wales, Large Project Grant 2013–2014 (£30,000)
  • BRAIN, Frân Wen, Arts Council of Wales, Large Project Grant 2012–2013 (£30,000)
  • BRAIN, Frân Wen, Arts Council of Wales, Large Project Grant 2011–2012 (£30,000)

Awards, Roles and Nominations:

  • Best Female Performance (Siw Hughes) Mrs Reynolds a’r Cena Bach. Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Wales Theatre Awards 2017.
  • Nomination for Best Male Performance (Sion Emyr) and Best Production. Mrs Reynolds a’r Cena Bach. Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Wales Theatre Awards 2017.
  • Judge at the National Eisteddfod (New Writing Award ‘Y Fedal Ddrama’) 2016
  • Selected as one of 12 Director’s across the UK to take part in researching European directing methodology with the World Renowned German Director, Thomas Ostermeier. Organised by Living Pictures, Goethe-Institut Glasgow and The National Theatre of Scotland, 2016.
  • Bursary from ‘National Theatre Wales’ to attend the directing research with Thomas Ostermeier (Schaubühne Theatre Berlin) 2016.
  • ‘Winner for Best Welsh Language Dramatist’ (Llyr Titus) Fran Wen. Wales Theatre Awards, 2016.
  • Nomination for best male performance (Bryn Fôn) and best female performance (Gwenno Hodgkins) Drych (Mirror). Wales Theatre Awards, 2016.
  • Nomination for best production for young people and best male performance (Carwyn Jones). Dim Diolch by Fran Wen. Wales Theatre Awards 2015.
  • Selected as one of 5 Director’s across Wales to take part on a one year professional training and development with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre), Sherman Cymru and Living Pictures 2012–2013.
  • ‘Dim Diolch’ (No Thanks) by Iola Ynyr. Nomination for best production for young people. Wales Theatre Awards 2015.
  • ‘Dim Diolch’ (No Thanks) by Iola Ynyr. Nomination for the best actor ‘Carwyn Jones’ Wales Theatre Awards, 2015.
  • Selected as one of 5 Director’s across Wales to take part on a one year professional training and development with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre), Sherman Cymru and Living Pictures 2012–2013.

Other

External Engagement and Impact

Ffion’s professional development in the theatre industry and educational sector works hand in hand with her research interests. Public engagement and collaborating with theatre industry and creative industry professionals, senior management and teachers in education and children and young people in the community are all core individuals that Ffion has worked with on a regular basis over the years. Her research interest in developing contemporary work in the theatre and developing creative communities leads her to naturally develop creative practice that is rooted amongst people.

Since 2009 she has worked extensively with several external organisations and partners, including local, national and international theatre companies, performance venues, national and international performance festivals and primary, secondary and further education establishments and units, charities and publically funded organisations. She has also toured performance work locally and nationally on a regular basis to small, mid-scale and large performance venues, such as Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff and Clwyd Theatre (Mold) and has organised and delivered several community theatre projects, established new artistic programmes, creative branches with in local companies and project managed extensively across the sector on a national scale. Her work has been recognised annually over the last 4 years at the Wales Theatre Awards and in relation to the Arts Council Wales Portfolio.

External organisations:

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre), Fran Wen, National Theatre Wales, Sherman Cymru, Living Pictures, Arad Goch, National Theatre Scotland, Goethe Institute Glasgow, Schaubuhne Theatre Berlin, Galeri Caernarfon, Pontio, Arts Council Wales, Wales Arts International, Cwmni Da, Beaumaris Gaol, International Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Family Arts Festival, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, National Eisteddfod, Reach the Hights (ESF Funding), Ysgol Dolbadarn Llanberis, Ysgol Glan Clwyd, Llanfairfechan Primary School, Aberdaron Primary School (Crud y Werin), Lottery, Community Firsts, Ysgol y Moelwyn (Blaenau Ffestiniog), Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy Council, World Stage Design.

  • 2019 New Writing Mentor/Dramaturg for Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh National Theatre Company)
  • 2016–2018 Creative Agent – Arts Council of Wales (Consulting and supporting senior management and teacher’s professional development creativity in education. In response to the Welsh Governments strategy to ‘The Donaldson Report 2020’ brining learners, teachers and creative practitioners together to co-design curriculum activity.)
  • 2014–2015 Associate Director, Frân Wen Theatre Company (Supporting the Companies artistic programme; directing two national touring productions; a core involvement in designing the Companies business plan until 2020 in relation to the Arts Council of Wales’s investment plan; supporting the community engagement officer’s development with ‘BRAIN’; a part of the interviewing panel for a new Marketing Manager; A part of the core companies process of re-branding, developing a new website and marketing material; investigating new ideas with the companies architecture to explore a new home for the companies long term future.)
  • 2012–2015 Devising with the young (Developing Saer y Sêr (Star Maker) (2015) Sigl di Gwt (2012) (In development and in response to the Internationally renowned theatre maker and actor ‘Andy Manley’ input, exploring how can we devise with and for young children – ensuring that the child’s voice is integral to the creative development of work into production?)
  • 2012–2015 New Writing Programme ‘Sgript i Lwyfan’ (Script to Stage) Frân Wen in collaboration with Galeri Caernarfon (Ffion created and designed the programme and then went on to developed it with one of Wales’s leading dramatists, Aled Jones Williams. The Programme is designed for young people 14–25 old to develop their work with professional actors and directors and gain insight and experience into the professional industry for a long term purpose. Young playwright, Llŷr Titus (School of Welsh, Bangor University) won an award for the ‘Best Welsh Language Playwright’ for his play ‘Drych’ (Mirror) at the Wales Theatre Awards 2016, that was developed with in this national programme.
  • 2014–2015 External Advisor to the new undergraduate course BA in Performance with the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David in Cardiff.
  • 2011–2014 Established and Project Managed a new young people’s creative branch called, ‘BRAIN’, Frân Wen: (Devising, New Writing, The Digital, The Community, Nurturing and Encouraging the young people’s voice creatively (11–25 years old). When the company evolved from a ‘Theatre in Education’ Structure to a ‘Theatre for children and young people’ identity, Frân Wen wanted the young person’s voice to be a more integral part to the Companies overall direction srategically and artistically. Ffion joined the Company during this transition stage and created a new structure for the new participatory branch called ‘BRAIN’. Ffion project managed and piloted projects along the way to evaluate how the progression of the branch was going to grow in the future. Gwennan Mair took on the role of Engagement officer during 2014–2016 and the work developed by ‘BRAIN’ has grown from strength to strength. The Young People’s voice is now right at the heart of the Companies future progression.
  • 2011–2014 Pontio’r Bwlch (Bridging the Gap) (Multidisciplinary programme for young people not in education, training or employment and/or acknowledged as living with in a recognised disadvantaged area) With in BRAIN’s aims and objectives, Ffion project managed a programme of delivery with 5 communities of practice for young people to communicate through the arts and the digital – to channel individuals wellbeing and educational/social development and support. The programme was recognised as an ‘Inspiring Programme’ by the Arts Council of Wales and some of the individuals that took part shared their story and experience during the Arts Council of Wales annual conference in Cardiff, 2013. Since then, Frân Wen has gone on to establish a permanent digital STIWDIO with in the Companies home. The STIWDIO (Studio) develops individuals entrepreneurial skills on a more 1–1 basis , in collaboration with professional companies in the world of business, education, tourism..developing material for marketing and design purposes through film, gaming, app development, composing and graphic design development.
  • 2011–2014 Devising within the community, BRAIN – Cwmni’r Frân Wen (Projects and Productions including Chwarel (Quarry), Bocsys (Boxes), Gwyn dy Fyd, Tasa ti’n sefyll yn Fama). Ffion designed and developed a 6 month devising programme for young people to experience a multidisciplinary approach to producing performance and encouraged site specific activity. Since then the programme has gone on to work as a three week intense production during the summer term and SBECTOL and AR Y STRYD was created in 2015 a 2016 by Gwennan Mair.
  • 2009–2010 Accreditation in The Arts, Urdd Gobaith Cymru (Ffion produced new OCN Modules to measure young people’s development in creative activity that could allow young people to be accredited as they participated in community work).

Other

Workshops, Presentations and Papers in Conferences and Public Presentations and Lectures:

  • 2017 Tour Director of ‘Y Tŵr’ (Music Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) presenting talks on ‘drama and the opera’ during pre and post-performance talks across performance venues, such as Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Sherman Cymru, Aberystwyth Arts Centre across Wales
  • 2017 Organised a new External Performance Lab with the School of Creative Studies and Media with professional actors, voice/text coach and students to explore contemporary performance practice. Arts Council of Wales.
  • 2016 ‘Directing in the Theatre’ Evening at Bangor University’s Arts and Humanities College to celebrate and share research (presenting)
  • 2016 Conference ‘Cymru ar Lwyfan y Byd’ (Wales on the World’s Stage) Aberystwyth University in partnership with Bangor University (School of Welsh) (presenting)
  • 2016 ‘The Process of Translating from a Director’s Perspective’ School of Creative and Studies Research Programme, Bangor University (presenting)
  • 2016 Developing Creativity in Education (Designed and delivered tailored workshops during teachers HMS afternoon to explore the role of creativity in their teaching delivery) Glan Clwyd Secondary School and Dolbadarn’s Primary School in Llanberis took part. Arts Council of Wales.
  • 2016 Wrote a Blog on behalf of National Theatre Wales to feature in the Community Page Website to share the directing research of ‘Thomas Ostermeier’
  • 2016 Judge at the National Eisteddfod ‘New Writing’ (Y Fedal Ddrama)
  • 2016 ‘Merch yr Eog’ Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre) (Chaired a post-show discussion with the Director and cast at Pontio’s ‘Bryn Terfel Theatre’) Bangor University
  • 2016 Directing ‘Mrs Reynolds a’r Cena Bach’ (Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian) Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (Welsh Language National Theatre) (pre-show discussion with the audience – chaired by the actor Huw Garmon) Clwyd Theatre Cymru
  • 2015 Staging ‘Drych’ (Mirror) Frân Wen (post-show discussion with the audience Neuadd Dwyfor Pwllheli)
  • 2015 Research and Development on the Play ‘Drych’ (Mirror) Frân Wen (Planning and implementing a week long research process with actors, author, composer, set designer and lighting designer)
  • 2015 Devising Saer y Sêr (Star Maker)– Llanfairfechan Primary School (Designing and co-delivering research workshops with the creative members of the cast and crew to explore the young children’s ideas into development for the production’s national tour) Exploring with the children as well as the teacher’s and the families input.
  • 2015 Fi di Fi (I am Me) – (Pilot Project) On Mental Health with Secondary School, Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog (Advising and supporting the engagement officer and the Company on the development of the project) Frân Wen.
  • 2011–2014 Lectures and workshops on ‘Public Speaking’ Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (Welsh National College) (tailored for lecturers, postgraduate students (M.A. and PhD)
  • 2013 Conference ‘Theatr, Hanes a Gwleidyddiaeth’ (Theatre, History and Politics) (University of South Wales, The Atrium) Apart of the discussion panel.

Links:

Opera ‘Y Twr’ (The Tower) Music Theatre Wales/Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru 2017:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lp6uPY05wg

Examples of work directed by Ffion Haf in production (2013–2016):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMzKz7pP7L0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNj2SlgMhpI

An introduction to the New Writing Programme ‘Sgript i Lwyfan’ (Script to Stage) Ffion created and developed with Aled Jones Williams (2012–2016):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Lpdt7Veps

Example of the community work developed in BRAIN during 2014–2016, (Gwennan Mair) Frân Wen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGctSuaHWqQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVJjBVj_Iw8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_UACXbZXxQ&t=10s

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Professional , Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) , Bangor University
  • BA , Drama and Theatre Studies (First Class Honours)
  • MA , Theatre Directing

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