PLAYWRIGHT’S DRAMA MEDAL
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.”