Rownd a Rownd celebrate Pride month with a series of monologues by young writers

7 June 2022

To celebrate the stories of LGBT+ young people in Wales today, popular S4C soap Rownd a Rownd will be showcasing four new monologues by four young writers to mark Pride month this year.

The four monologues will be published on the Rownd a Rownd YouTube page on June 6 and are the result of an open call by the drama series in association with the National Eisteddfod with support from Stonewall Cymru.

The authors are: Leo Drayton, 21, of Cardiff; Lowri Morgan, 24, from Caernarfon; Niall Grant-Rowlands, 21, from Bangor; and Laurie Elen Thomas, 19, of Carmarthen.

This is the first set of open calls from Rownd a Rownd as the soap opera develops its online content and looks for new ways to discover future talent and tell contemporary Welsh stories on its digital platforms.

The call required candidates to write a monologue that reflects the life experiences of a LGBT + young person in Wales today.

After a process of developing their work through a series of workshops, the monologues were filmed at the Rownd a Rownd studio in Llangefni recently with the writers having the opportunity to produce their work with a professional film crew.

The aim is to create training opportunities for underrepresented groups and to develop and secure a healthy future for the series and the industry in Wales generally.

Rownd a Rownd Digital Content Editor Ciron Gruffydd said: "It's vital that we nurture new talent and work with them to develop their careers.

"As we expand our digital coverage, and offer opportunities for people with diverse life experiences, we can create original, distinctive content that truly reflects contemporary Wales."

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