We had an amazing experience today as we got to visit the set of a major American TV series being filmed at Dragon Studios in Llanharan. The show is based on the life of young William Shakespeare and is currently in production at the studios. As the crew were off filming on location today, we got the opportunity to have a tour around the sets.
As it is being set in Shakespeare's London, the first place we visited was a London market place, directly outside the front of the Globe theater. The recent rain made the muddy squalor even more realistic as we squelched around in our wellies. We got to see how realistic every single detail was on the set, from tools, clothes, food to buildings.
We then walked through late 1500s London from the poorer area to a richer trading part. It was a relief to have stone pavements under our feet rather than mud. Again the scenery was amazingly realistic with frontage set to look exactly how it should. The most baffling part of it was seeing the wood and bricks - then feeling it...which turned out to be plastic.
Following this we walked to the poorer area of the town - which looked completely different - the mud was back with style. The houses were built in shanty style and did not look very welcoming. All of these scenes were surrounded by giant green screens to add background detail.
Next we moved indoors to one of the huge sound stages where we got to see a dungeon set. Again it was almost far too realistic for our liking - it felt like being a real life dungeon. Some of the torture props did not look pleasant at all. We then moved into a pub set and got to sit on the seats at the inn. No drinks were had!
The final part of the tour was a visit inside Shakespeare's Globe theater which looked amazing! We even got to go on stage and act out one of our Christmas Concert scenes.
We had a fantastic day and would like to thank Tony Hood who took us around the set.