Celyn Jones



By Joann Rae

Theatr Colwyn in Colwyn Bay has a new patron.  It is Celyn Jones, the North Walian actor and writer, who plays Dylan Thomas in the new film ‘Set Fire to the Stars’.

Celyn, who is originally from Holyhead, recently visited the cinema and theatre for a screening and Q & A session of ‘Set Fire to the Stars’ which he co-wrote and stars in opposite Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit).

He joins Colwyn Bay-born Terry Jones, of Monty Python, as patron of Theatr Colwyn, a Victorian building which opened in the 1880s, started showing films in January 1909 and is the oldest working cinema in the UK and the oldest working theatre in Wales.

He said: “I’m thrilled and honoured to be asked to be a patron at Theatr Colwyn.  “When I presented my film there earlier this year I was knocked sideways by the venue’s heritage, its technical ability - seriously the film looked and sounded amazing there - the great attitude of the people and its beating vibrant heart.

“It is so important that these individual cinemas retain their individuality and identity as that’s what defines them in a competitive market.  How often do we hear things like ‘Oh that pub there used to be a great cinema’ or ‘that supermarket was a beautiful theatre’?  Well, Theatr Colwyn is both those things, it’s alive and well and in my beloved North Wales. I’m proud to be its patron alongside one of my comedy heroes Terry Jones. I can’t wait to get involved.”

Phil Batty, manager of Theatr Colwyn, said: “All of us here at Theatr Colwyn are looking forward to welcoming Celyn back on his next visit to us as our patron and to working with him in the near future.

Cllr Graham Rees, Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for theatres, welcomed Celyn to his new role: “We are thrilled to have Celyn Jones as a new patron of Theatr Colwyn.  He joins Monty Python member Terry Jones as patron of this thriving cinema and theatre, which holds an important place in the history of film screening and theatrical performance not just in Wales, but in the UK as a whole.”

Set Fire to the Stars, in which Celyn appears opposite Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit) recently opened to rave reviews at the Miami Film Festival and will open in New York City in May.   The film has so far had nominations for The Michael Powell award for Best British Film, EIFF Audience award, Lighthouse Media awards for Best Film, MIFF Audience award and the Best Screenplay award at Miami Film Festival.

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