Last week, Tŷ Newydd arranged a week-long festival to celebrate the life and work of welsh language author, playwright and scriptwriter, William Samuel Jones, or Wil Sam as he was best known. All the events took place in Llanystumdwy, the village in which he was born and lived.
On the Thursday evening, I traveled up to the Lloyd George Museum to screen films and TV clips from our collection with a connection to Wil Sam. The evening included a clip of Wil Sam on Hel Straeon in a bike festival in York and clips of amateur films taken by Guto Roberts, showing him riding his motorbike and fixing push bikes.
I also showed the classic Ifas y Tryc – written by Wil Sam and created on screen for S4C by Taliesin. The film follows the turbulent Ifas y Tryc, played by BAFTA-Wales winning actor, Stewart Jones.
A lot of the audience, especially the younger ones hadn’t seen Ifas y Tryc before, so it was great to be able to show it to them. It shows how Ifas y Tryc is a timeless classic, and as relevant and funny today as it was in the 1980s!