Last week, a group of Tonyrefail Community School pupils were given the fantastic opportunity to meet with world-renowned actor, Michael Sheen. Mr Sheen wanted to speak to the pupils about their work with the school’s Author in Residence, inaugural Children’s Laureate for Wales Eloise Williams. The pupils met for breakfast and Mr Sheen joined them on a Zoom call to discuss the project and answer the pupils’ questions.
Pupils asked Mr Sheen about the differences between Hollywood and Wales, the importance of the Welsh language, favourite actors, whether he’d encountered failure and how he’d overcome it, his thoughts on the resurgence of the TV and film industry in Wales and who he’d support if Newport played Port Talbot (at which point he claimed the internet dropped off!).
Spending half an hour with the pupils, Mr Sheen gave thoughtful, inspirational responses to the questions and then left pupils with a powerful message about us all having a story to tell and how important it is that we tell it. “Tell the stories that show the world as you see it! … Everybody has a story to tell and it’s up to you to do it.”