Visitors to Tredegar House could have recently been forgiven for thinking that a new television costume drama was been filmed at the Newport landmark’s location. However, the filming that was taking place were cinematic scenes for Newport musical theatre company, Centrestage Cymru’s, forthcoming production of the classic musical Singing in the Rain recalling the early days of Hollywood.
|Jordan Archer and Zoe Southcott prepare for a scene|
Singing in the Rain has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline - the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers. In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen. Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.
|Centrestage actresses prepare for a take|
“I’m not sure what visitors to the house thought as we arrived dressed in Period costumes, wigs and brandishing swords,” said Sharon Higgins, “many of the visitors followed us and enjoyed watching us film. Although it was cold the actors had a fabulous time and it’s an experience I am sure they will remember.”
|Zoe Southcott and Jordan Archer|
in period costume
|The location filming cast of Centrstage Cymru's |
Singing In The Rain outside Tredegar House
- A version of this article appears in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on April 1, 2016. All photos are by Andy Howells.