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Meet the Cast: Anthem

Meet the cast of Anthem, our new musical comedy set as the live final of a TV singing competition. What could possibly go wrong?

Anthem is our first Wales Millennium Centre production of 2022, written and co-composed by Llinos Mai and directed by Alice Eklund. Performed in Welsh, the show promises comedy, catchy songs and a big glittery explosion of TV magic.

This week we've welcomed an ensemble cast of seven comedy actors and singers to the building as they start rehearsals. Follow them on socials for behind-the-scenes antics as they prepare for Anthem, on from 30 March – 10 April.

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Iestyn Arwel – Leon

Iestyn plays Leon, the Anthem finalist representing the South region in the competition. Iestyn is from rural West Wales and trained at the Drama Centre London. He has appeared in the BAFTA Cymru-winning short film The List, Netflix’s Burn, Burn, Burn and Channel 4’s London Irish, plus S4C’s Rownd a Rownd, Pobol y Cwm and 35 Awr, as well as working extensively in theatre across the UK.

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Lily Beau Conway – Esyllt

Lily Beau Conway plays Esyllt, one half of Anthem’s brother-sister duo who represent the West region in the final. Lily studied at East London Arts and Music and releases bilingual music as Lily Beau. Last summer she collaborated with fellow musician Eädyth on the theme for the reopening of the Senedd which they co-composed and performed for the Queen. Lily has also worked in TV across S4C and Channel 4, and took part in Tony Visconti's Unsigned Heroes (Sky Arts).

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Joey Cornish – Eifion

Joey plays Eifion, the other half of the brother-sister duo from West Wales. Originally from Maesteg in the Llynfi Valley, Joey studied at Canolfan Berfformio Cymru (UWTSD) before completing his training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Joey has been involved in a number of new writing projects as well as filming streamed shows for RCT Theatres and Eva Long Productions.

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Leilah Hughes – Megs

Leilah plays Megs, an inexperienced production assistant who gets pulled in last-minute to work on Anthem. Born and raised in Swansea, Leilah has been acting from a young age and trained with Mark Jermin. She has always had a passion for Welsh language drama, with previous acting credits including Pobol y Cwm and Gwaith/Cartref. Leilah has also appeared in BBC's In My Skin, Doctor Who and Torchwood.

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Rhian Morgan – Teleri

Rhian plays Teleri, the Anthem finalist representing the East region in the competition. Rhian's television credits include Casualty (BBC), Keeping Faith (BBC/S4C), Pethau Bychain (Joio), Gwaith/Cartref, Sioe Caryl Parry Jones and A Small Country (S4C), Stella (Sky) plus many more. Recent stage credits include Merch yr Eog (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru/Teatr Piba), The Harri-Parris: The Big Day (Mai oh Mai) and Mother Courage (National Theatre Wales).

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Gwydion Rhys – Tudur

Gwydion plays Tudur, the ever-professional host of Anthem. Gwydion's theatre credits include Blue (Chippy Lane Productions), The Wood and One Man Two Guvnors (Torch Theatre), American Nightmare and Hela (The Other Room), Only The Brave (Wales Millennium Centre) and Tir Sir Gâr (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru). He has also worked extensively in TV across Channel 4, BBC and S4C.

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Rhys ap Trefor – Gerard

Rhys plays Gerard, the Anthem finalist representing the North region in the competition. Rhys has worked in theatre, film and TV (BBC and S4C). He has also done voiceover work for the video games Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Bravely Default II (Side UK), and for the animations Ar Goll yn Oz, Olobob Top and Toot for S4C. Radio credits include three series of The Harri-Parris, also written by Llinos Mai.

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Anthem is a Wales Millennium Centre production.

We are extremely grateful to Peter and Janet Swinburn and Dr Carol Bell for supporting Anthem, and to Garfield Weston Foundation and Arts Council of Wales for supporting our productions through 2021/22.

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