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Talented Student Leaves Classroom for Indian Country     

Siôn Pritchard - a second-year acting student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) - is leaving his classmates behind for a 6-week stint on the professional stage to star in Meic Povey's first-ever English language play - Indian Country.

He plays the part of Young Mos. Siôn, who is 19 and hails from Llanystumdwy, was educated at Ysgol Eifionydd, Porthmadog, and then at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor where he studied A levels. He applied to RWCMD and was accepted at the first attempt - presenting a speech from Meic Povey's "Perthyn" at his audition. He says that the vocational nature of the acting course at RWCMD has provided him with the skills and confidence to appear on stage, in what is only second year of the three-year course. Lecturers at College have been extremely supportive of the venture, but are keeping a close eye on him - alongside Indian Country, Sion is also getting to grips with his own creative project - as part of his second year coursework.

Based on Meic's experience of growing up in Snowdonia, the play deals with post-war culture collision and its effect on a small rural community. The action revolves around the shooting in Wales of The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, a 1958 film starring Ingrid Bergman. The plot focuses on the relationship between a charismatic American, a widowed sheep farmer and her young son. Sion describes the character of Young Mos as an interesting one to get to grips with. "Playing a 14-year old, I have to depict the transition from the imagination into the real world which has been very challenging".

Povey explains his motivation to write in English: "My childhood coincided with an increasing prevalence of English in every day life. Indian Country examines its impact on a largely Monoglot community and portrays the concoction of excitement, confusion and trepidation we experienced at the time. Essentially, it's a play about change so for me it's apt to have written in dialectic English".

Sion is complimentary about the director (Simon Harris) and other cast members, he also feels privileged as Meic Povey is one of his favourite writers, who coincidentally hails from the same area, and was also taught by Sion's father at Ysgol Eifionydd.

After graduating, Sion would like to continue with theatre work but also try his hand at writing. He is grateful to Sgript Cymru for providing the support and inspiration for the opportunity and looks forward to further collaborations in the future
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama  
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Cathryn Thomas PR Officer
Thursday, May 08, 2003back



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