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Tom Cullen has just been awarded Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards for his role in the unconventional love story, Weekend.

The critically acclaimed Weekend has already collected numerous awards and nominations, including Best Actor Award for Tom at the Nashville Film Festival, and a nomination for Most Promising Newcomer, alongside co-star Chris New, at London Film Festival.

Tom is currently filming World Without End, the sequel to the mini-series The Pillars of the Earth, alongside Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson and Peter Firth.

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Music student Toks Dada enters the Welsh dragon’s den today as he takes part in the final of the Quality Centre Wales Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Earlier this year Toks won the RWCMD Young Entrepreneur award, which qualified him to go through to the final. He has ten minutes to present his idea to the dragons, made up of five business experts, at the Atrium, Cardiff.
The finalist and two runners-up, who will receive a cash prize, and business mentoring for a year, will be announced on 8 December at the Quality Centre Wales Annual Awards dinner, presented by BBC Wales Today’s Lucy Owen.
Among the many strings to his bow, Viola-playing Toks was recently Orchestral Manager of Mega-Messiah, a scratch performance of 1000 singers, at the Millennium Centre.

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A Very Busy Bunny

RWCMD Acting graduate Rosie Wyatt’s had a busy few weeks.

She’s just got back from New York, where she was part of the annual Brits off Broadway series. The New York Times praised her “captivating performance” in the one-woman play Bunny.

She’s also been on our screens this week, playing a missing daughter in an episode of Doctors.

Look forward to seeing what she gets up to next. Watch this space.


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MA Acting graduate Susie Riddell joins BBC Radio 4’s long-running drama The Archers this week. She appears as Tracy Horrobin – the sister of long term character Susan Carter.

Susie joins fellow RWCMD graduate Scott Arthur, who recently joined The Archers as Rhys the barman after his character became popular in Archers spin-off Ambridge Extra.

With this role, Susie’s come full circle in her acting career. From the age of 11, she played the young Kate Aldridge in the show for four years.

Susie has also been invited to rejoin the BBC Radio Drama company, after a five-month contract with the company earlier this year. The actors from the company take part in plays, series and readings from Radio 3, Radio 4, the World Service and BBC 7.

And in between all this, she also got rave reviews from The Guardian for her performance in You’re Not Doing It Right.

We looking forward to hearing from her in Ambridge and beyond over the coming months.

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Once again Royal Welsh College students are among the finalists of the UK’s most prestigious award for stage design. Holly Pigott and Jacob Hughes join a long list of RWCMD stage design students reaching the final for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design.

The seven month long competition is the only prize of its kind, giving recently graduated stage designers an unparalleled opportunity to work with professional theatre companies and collaborate with writers, designers and technical teams at this crucial stage in their career. Each winner gains a professional commission to realise a production from the company for which they are chosen to work, and a cash prize . This year’s commissions are with Lyric, Hammersmith, The Opera Group, Watermill Theatre, Newbury, and Royal Opera House, ROH2.

All the finalists work can be seen in a free exhibition at The National Theatre until 27 November. The four winners will be announced on 10 November.

2001 Linbury Prize winner Tom Scutt has just designed the set for 13 at The National Theatre, having just worked at Royal Shakespeare Company and The Sheffield Crucible.

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RWCMD students are playing a major part in the scratch production of Handel’s Messiah at the Wales Millennium Centre this weekend. Music student and Orchestral Manager for the project, Toks Dada, talks to Wales Online about the event.

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Graduates Kimberley Nixon and Aneurin Barnard on the set of Hunky Dory

RWCMD graduates and students are making waves at the London Film Festival this week.

Tonight is the premiere of Hunky Dory – the musical comedy set in 1970s Swansea and featuring Minnie Driver alongside Acting graduates Aneurin Barnard, Kimberley Nixon, Danielle Branch and Aled Pugh, as well as current student Dafydd Llyr Thomas. We look forward to seeing them all spruced up in the pics from the red carpet.

The festival also features the gala premiere of Weekend, starring graduate Tom Cullen. Here’s Tom talking about the film.

Tom’s also up for Best Newcomer at the festival awards tomorrow night. We’ll keep you posted.

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