Following the success of the previous edition of Rhyl Reflections, and many weeks of planning and discussing ideas, the Rhyl Reflections group and the TAPE Film Crew began the first filming session at the Little Theatre in Rhyl last night.
The idea behind the filming is to recreate ‘memories’ of Rhyl as told by members of the group, using a cinematic method of visually portraying the individuals recollections of Rhyl at the time.
Our first memory comes from local man Roy Turner, who grew up in the area and has many memories of Rhyl in its heyday.
His memory centres around the Little Theatre on Vale Road, where Roy and his friends went to see a Saturday matinee film. On this particular Saturday, Roy and his friends were being particularly mischievous – throwing ice cream tub lids up at the screen. Naturally, the manager at the time was not happy with this behaviour and demanded that Roy pick up each and every one of the lids that were scattered around the cinema. But Roy, being a cheeky chappie, not only picked up the lids, but stood at the front of the screen after his ‘performance’ and took a huge bow. Noticing Roy’s huge grin, sheer cheek and beaming charisma, the manager offered him a job on the spot.
A huge thank you to the children from Ysgol Melyd, Prestatyn who played the parts of Roy and his cheeky young friends – you were all absolutely wonderful!
Another thank you to the actors who joined us from Communities 1st in Rhyl. You did a fantastic job and we hope you enjoyed the experience.
And last but most certainly not least, a massive thanks to the YMCA in Rhyl who provided the costumes for the shoot. Your kind donation helped us keep the scene as authentic to the memory as possible.
We will be shooting more memories as the weeks go on – stay posted to follow our journey towards the next instalment of Rhyl Reflections.
Rhyl Reflections meet every Thursday between 4.30 and 6.30pm at the John Davies Building, 82 Marsh Road, Rhyl. If you have any memories of Rhyl in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s that you would like to share – as a child or as an adult – or if you would just like to get involved in the project – get in touch with Neil on 01492 512 109 or email him at email@example.com.