Screen role is tailor-made for rising star
AN AMMANFORD actor has spoken of her delight at playing a part written especially for her in a new drama series which has been created by a Carmarthenshire author.
Twenty-four year old, Sara Lloyd Gregory, plays Alys, a part which was created especially for her by Siwan Jones.
S4C's new drama series which starts this week poses a challenge for the viewer while portraying the two worlds that co-exist within a small West Wales town. The world of the shop owners, and the world of those who live behind and above those shops. Two completely different worlds which do connect, however, and share experiences.
"Alys is a very intense drama, which also incorporates a helping of black humour," said series author, Siwan Jones who lives near Llandeilo, and created the popular and successful series Tair Chwaer and Con Passionate for S4C.
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"There's an element of mystery as well — a chilling story. I've definitely tried to experiment and there's a different atmosphere about the series. It's very filmic as I convey the inner longings of the characters and the society they belong to."
Alys is a single mum who flees from her past in Cardiff with her young son, Daniel, and ends up in a small West Wales town. She's determined to give her son a better life and a new start.
"I regard it as an honour to have the opportunity to play the lead role in a drama series written by Siwan," said Sara.
"There's a complete balance to her writing.
"It has both intensity and humour, together with strong storylines and characters.
"Reading one of her scripts is like jumping into a book. Her directions are so detailed, you know the characters well from the very beginning. She's so observant.
"I'm very fond of Alys. I love the fact that she's so strong. And that there's always a reason for everything she does. She's not a bad person."
Among the other actors appearing in the series are Aneirin Hughes, William Thomas, Gillian Elisa, Shelley Rees, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Rhys ap William and Kate Jarman.
Alys can be seen on Sunday, January 23, at 9pm on S4C.