Project turns the focus on issue of teenage bullying


Emily Davies

IT’S LIGHTS, camera, action for Oswestry’s latest film project after the leading lady was revealed.
Tanyth Ford will play Jess, the lead role in the Oswestry Project’s Run for Your Life, a film aimed at tackling bullying issues, which is being developed in association with the national Sport Relief campaign.
But the 18-year-old is preparing to put her all in for a cause she says is very close to her heart after she was bullied herself.
She said: “Being a part of the Oswestry Project is important to me because, for one, the money raised is going to charity and being 18 and doing my A levels I haven’t had the chance to do any drama-related activities since my GCSEs
“I am so excited to start rehearsals and filming as well as casting and working with the rest of the cast. I have never done any film work before so its completely new to me, but I think it will be such a great experience to learn on the go with everyone else,” she added.
Tanyth, who comes from Oswestry, has previously appeared on stage at the Shrewsbury Theatre and in a dance production in Birmingham.
But she said playing the part of Jess, a bullied teenager who is taken under the wing of her schoolteacher to develop her athleticism, would be her hardest role to date.
She continued: “Playing the part of Jess is obviously a large and complicated role to take on and won’t be easy. Hopefully I will be able to capture all the different sides to her character as I have played many different characters in the past.
“The storyline has its ups and downs, the main point of the story I would say is not to judge a book by its cover and bullying.”
Gareth Thomas, manager of the Oswestry Project, said Tanyth was the obvious choice, commenting: “Not only does she boast considerable acting experience from a young age and looks and feels the part, but she also got the nod due to her enthusiasm and maturity.
“While Tanyth is aware of how much faith and trust we have placed in her she remains incredibly humble and willing to work just as hard as if she had been given a lesser role,” he added.
Filming is expected to begin shortly and will take place in and around Oswestry.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!: Pictured are the cast and crew of the Oswestry Project, back, from left, Gareth Thomas, director, Adam Piggott, script advisor, Rob Whitchurch, technical operator, and Tanyth Ford, lead actor, front, Cia Whittall, who is making a documentary about the project. HD060514

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