Viewers will be able to see how an actor from Wrexham helped make broadcast history by becoming the first in the UK to complete a comedy drama series during the coronavirus lockdown.
Production on the new sitcom, Rybish (Rubbish), which takes place at a recycling center, was halted in March by the coronavirus crisis, but undeterred, Caernarfon-based Cwmni Da offered a plan to continue. shooting.
The crew members self-isolated for a fortnight before resuming and they were tested regularly throughout filming – viewers can now see the results on S4C at 9 p.m. Friday.
The cast includes Dyfed Thomas, from Rhos who now lives just outside of Llangollen.
When not working, the team had taken refuge in an empty pub, The Beuno, in Clynnog Fawr, on the north coast of the Llŷn Peninsula.
The company has built its own recycling center on a former landfill in Carmel, near Caernarfon.
They used remotely controlled stationary cameras to film the remaining episodes of the six-part series which will air on S4C in the coming months.
The cast of Rybish, from left Mair Tomos Ifans (Val), Betsan Ceiriog (Bobbi), Dyfed Thomas (Eurwyn), Rhodri Trefor (Nigel) and Sion Pritchard (Clive)
With a career spanning decades, Dyfed Thomas told The Leader why his latest project is Rybish (Rubbish).
He said, “I would say Rybish is halfway between Big Brother and a scripted comedy rather than a sitcom series. It’s an original idea, with a lot of humor but which comes naturally from the characters without going for the punchlines and an obvious plot.
“Archie (writer and producer Barry ‘Archie’ Jones) wanted to make people think, ‘Is this real, is that a fly on the wall?’. He deliberately avoided actors with a reputation for comedy, and for me personally the opportunity to work in Welsh again was warmly welcomed ”.
“In the days of Siop Siafins, when everyone knew me as Brian Lloyd Jones, I thought the fame would never end. But it does, and that really put me off.
Dyfed Thomas as Eurwyn
In recent years, Dyfed has focused on working behind the camera, adapting novels to movie scripts.
He added: “I spent a lot of time in India and sold some of my scripts to Bollywood. I think that’s one of the reasons I enjoyed working on Rybish so much, because of the unexpected opportunity to get involved in the creative process.
The comedy revolves around everyday life at a remote recycling center in Gwynedd and follows the six staff members in their daily work.
“Being on the set by day and living in the Beuno by night has certainly been a very exciting, constructive and creative experience. There were six to eight of us together all the time. Instead of coming home, we continued to chat and focus on working full time. It just doesn’t usually happen, and there certainly isn’t the opportunity to be so close to the writer and producers, ”said Dyfed.
“While the script was fantastic from the start, after a day of filming we all got along, ‘Let’s try this and the other’ and Archie would go off to write and come back ‘What about this?’ He would write. endlessly, and that of course meant more work for us, as every change to the script meant relearning the part before the next morning! ”
Dyfed Thomas as Eurwyn in S4C’s Rybish
He added: “My character, Eurwyn, is one of those traditional, ordinary and dear people who are devoted to Welsh culture. One of the career shack team members who could recite R Williams Parry with no problem. It’s very important to have people like that; genuine, hardworking and totally happy at their job and important that such characters exist on television to represent our unique Welsh culture and heritage.
“In playing the part, I almost feel like I’ve come full circle in my career, going back to acting in my native Welsh and remembering the theatrical work being so close to the cast and crew. And by going back to an old-fashioned way of working, but with a modern twist, Cwmni Da unwittingly reinforced her own message for a series on recycling – with a little care anything can have a second chance and a new purpose. . ”
Rybish will air Friday, October 30 at 9 p.m. on S4C (English subtitles available) and on demand on S4C Clic, iPlayer and other platforms.