PLAY­WRIGHT’S DRAMA MEDAL

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A CARDIFF play­wright has been named the Urdd drama win­ner of the year as part of her work in­spir­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of Welsh-lan­guage theatre.

Mi­rain Alaw Jones, 24, was awarded the cov­eted Eisteddfod drama medal yes­ter­day thanks to her work por­tray­ing life as a uni­ver­sity stu­dent.

Raised in Capel Seion in the Gwen­draeth Val­ley, Mi­rain first de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in writ­ing at school after study­ing drama and Welsh with Carys Ed­wards and Dr Non Evans.

From there the Ys­gol Maes yr Yrfa pupil went on to com­plete a de­gree and Master’s de­gree in Welsh from Cardiff Uni­ver­sity, fo­cus­ing on cre­ative writ­ing and script­ing.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day after the cer­e­mony, Mi­rain, who now lives in Cathays in Cardiff, de­scribed her shock at her achieve­ment.

She said: “I’m over­whelmed. I’ve been look­ing for­ward to this for a while.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to com­pete in this com­pe­ti­tion and it’s the last year I was able to so I just thought I would do it.”

Mark­ing the third day of the Eisteddfod com­pe­ti­tion, Mi­rain blew the judges away with her drama dis­cussing the world of uni­ver­sity and so­cial me­dia.

She said: “I’ve had the idea for a while for a drama about young girls like me go­ing to uni­ver­sity and go­ing to live with peo­ple you don’t know.

“As well as that I wanted to look at so­cial me­dia and how easy it is to lie and de­ceive and cre­ate this image of your­self.”

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