ACTOR Matthew Rhys has shared his memories of the Urdd with listeners of BBC Radio 4. 

The star of US TV dramas, including the Americans and the Perry Mason remake, recalled his memories of competing in the Urdd Eisteddfod and attending its youth clubs and residential camps. 

The organisation is today celebrating its centenary and has attempted to set a world record for the largest number of people to upload a video of themselves singing a song to Facebook and Twitter in one hour. 

Participants were asked to sing the movement’s anthem Hei Mistar Urdd which is dedicated to its mascot who Rhys described as, “a small triangular man named Mistar Urdd who was accompanied by a very catchy song.” 

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On the Today programme Rhys explained how the movement provides sporting, outdoor and social opportunities for children and young people up to the age of 25 through the medium of Welsh. 

Rhys, who grew up in Cardiff, said how the highlight is the annual Urdd Eisteddfod staged in different parts of Wales every May and which gave him his first taste of competing and performing on stage. 

But he said the acoustics of the competition marquees are often poor and tells aspiring actors: “If you can compete in the Urdd and they can hear you there’s not a theatre in the world they can’t.” 

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