S4C film brings elephant back to Tregaron
3:39pm Friday 16th August 2013 in What's on
SOMETHING strange has been happening in rural Ceredigion recently, as elephants roamed the countryside, echoing a local story that a circus elephant was buried in Tregaron in the 1840s.
The two African elephants, that have been staying in a secret location on the outskirts of Tregaron, are the stars of a new family film Y Syrcas which will be shown on S4C at Christmas.
Although the story only features one elephant, Citta and Sandra have taken their turn to play the role. And despite the production only needing one elephant, both were brought here to keep each other company as they are sociable creatures and don't like to be left on their own.
This isn't the first time that elephants have been in Tregaron. According to the local story, in 1848 a traveling circus visited the area, and during their visit one of the elephants fell ill and died.
Y Syrcas has been set in the same year and location as the 19th century story. It tells the story of Sara, a young girl trapped by her father's strict rules and religion. When the circus comes to town, the local residents are weary of the newcomers, and the chapel preach hell fire against them. But gradually the locals warm to them and Sara falls in love with the elephant as she is bewitched by the colour, excitement and whirlwind of the circus.
The film is directed by Kevin Allen, famous for writing and directing the dark comedy film Twin Town. He says, "Working on this production has been a magical experience on so many levels - the Tregaron landscape has been so inspiring and the presence of these magnificent elephants has most certainly contributed to the wonderful atmosphere on set. It’s been a tough shoot in terms of managing a very tight schedule and although moving these huge beasts around has been challenging at times, we’ve learned that, unlike actors, you can't hurry an elephant!"