On Saturday 20 April 2013, Actor Stifyn Parry did a recording for a Welsh Radio Programme ‘Aelod o Gymdeithas’, in the theme of ‘A Day in a Life of…(a rower)’.
Welsh speaking members of Llandaff Rowing Club participated in the recording which took place during the morning.
Organised by Para Rowing member Aled Evans, with the production company Mr Producer, said ‘The recording went exceptionally well, and it was interesting to hear that two of our members interviewed had come from a Sea Rowing background, which is big in West Wales’.
Emlyn Owen our club’s boatman, helped out by teaching Stifyn the first basic steps to rowing in the tank. Later, on a glorious hot sunny day, interviews took place on the balcony with Edward ‘Joe’ Lewis, 3rd season rower, Bethan Davies, 2nd season rower and Diana Miller, 1st year novice, who talked about their experience and enjoyment since joining the club.
Towards the end of the recording, Mr Parry took to the waters, and enjoyed a 500m sprint race with the support of rowing members, Elle Taylor, Bethan Davies, Jess Jones, Mike Alexander, Anthony Haslam, Martin Bond, David Evans and coxed by Mary Yee and Aled Evans.
Einir Angharad Davies, Project Coordinator, said: “We are truely grateful to Llandaff Rowing Club for helping us out. The production crew genuinely had a good time, and we appreciated the welcome by its members and are grateful to Emlyn Owen and Mary Yee for their help in organising boats and crews”.
Stifyn Parry, Actor and also Managing Director of Mr Producer, added: “I throughly enjoyed it today. This has been one of the best Saturday mornings I have had in a long time. The members have been so generous in their time, in helping me to learn to row, and for making this recording possible”.
Stifyn Parry, played the character of Christopher Duncan in the Channel 4 series of Brookside, later took the lead role of Marlus in the West End production of Les Miserables for 2 years. Stifyn has presented numerous series’ for BBC, ITV, S4/C and Channel 4, and has performed in theatres across Wales and in the West End.
‘Aelod o Gymdeithas’ will be broadcast on Radio Cymru on Friday 3rd May at 6pm. Some photographs will be available from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rt2t9