‘Tu­dors’ ac­tors liv­ing the dream

Bray People - - Bray People - Paula BURNS

IT MAY NOT have been the first TV set for many of the ac­tors from the Gla­dys Shee­han School of act­ing but there was cer­tainly that first time ex­cite­ment as the young ac­tors stood along­side Jonathan Rhys Mey­ers on the set of the Tu­dors.

Fol­low­ing her big­gest call yet, over 20 of Gla­dys Shee­han’s bud­ding ac­tors were re­quested to fea­ture in next sea­son’s se­ries.

The op­por­tu­nity was not only an act­ing ca­reer dream come true for most, but also a dream for many of the older girls came true as they got to meet their pin-up heart­throb Rhys Mey­ers.

The ac­tor proved to be the very op­po­site of his char­ac­ter Henry VIII and was very gra­cious and open to dis­cus­sion with the young ac­tors.

One cu­ri­ous young man with plenty of ques­tions caught the at­ten­tion of the Hol­ly­wood ac­tor.

Rhys Mey­ers asked the boy’s name which also hap­pened to be Jonathan and was ready to an­swer any ques­tions he threw at him about the film­ing of the se­ries, the cos­tumes and the set.

For the girls they not only got to be on set with a Hol­ly­wood heart­throb but they also got to take part in the most mag­nif­i­cent game of dress up ever.

In the week prior to the day of film­ing the girls were fit­ted for their stun­ning dresses de­signed by the Os­car award winning cos­tume de­signer Joan Ber­gin.

For the boys the dress­ing up wasn’t as fun with many of them be­ing baf­fled by the idea of hav­ing to wear tights.

‘It was a re­ally lovely shoot and all of the stu­dents did a bril­liant job. All the crew and ac­tors were de­light­ful to work with which was great for th­ese young bud­ding ac­tors to see,’ ex­plained Glady’s Shee­han,

‘A lot of or­gan­is­ing goes into a day of film­ing and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without my chap­er­ones Ha­ley Gib­bons and Colm O’Brien who looked af­ter the kids so well.’

Stu­dents from the Gla­dys Shee­han School of Act­ing who are cur­rently star­ring in The Tu­dors.

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