Gwydion Rhys talks about the challenges of playing Alan Turing

The role of Alan Turing in To Kill a Machine will be played by Gwydion Rhys.

Gwydion’s theatre credit include CWRW, CHIPS A DARLITH DEG produced by Arad Goch, touring throughout Wales. PORNOGRAPHY and CRAZY GARY’s MOBILE DISCO (Waking Exploits), THE VILLAGE SOCIAL (National Theatre Wales), IESU and TEMPEST (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru) CINDERELLA (RCT Theatres) and FRESH APPLES (Cwmni’r Fran Wen).

TV credits include Zanzibar, Tir, Cara Fi, Llan Ar Gollen, Daniels (Film)

“Before starting on To Kill a Machine back in 2012, I had no idea of who Alan Turing was, what he did and what happened to him. I think that says it all. For what he achieved and stood for, I had not heard of him, been taught at school of what he gave for his country during the war. It’s not a coincidence that his legacy was non existent, because of the rightful guilt carried by the government of how he was treated.

I feel blessed as an actor to have had the chance to learn about him, and more so get the chance to get to know him as a person through playing him back in 2012 in the early production and throughout the development of the story. I can honestly say, over the five years I’ve been working as an actor, Alan Turing has given me the best challenge. For me, it can be seen as a burden and an honour. By now, there is a huge film out about his life, and it seems that everyone seems to know him, want to know him. But as for how he was actually treated, have we really had a true reflection of how barbaric it was? This for me is the biggest challenge facing To Kill a Machine. I feel that we can truly pay respect to Alan, his work his life and what he sacrificed because of the rich and compelling script written by Catrin Fflur Huws. It is honest, saying it like it is without a filter, just like Turing.”

We asked Gwydion about the challenges of playing Alan Turing,