Al­fie’s hell por­trayed

North Wales Weekly News - - YOUR GUIDE -

NA­TIONAL The­atre Wales and Out of Joint are pleased to an­nounce the full tour of Crouch, Touch, Pause, En­gage, a new, ver­ba­tim play di­rected by Max Stafford-Clark, which will tour Wales and Eng­land in Spring 2015.

The tour will fea­ture in the Pon­tio pro­gramme and will be per­formed at Neuadd Og­wen in Bethesda, from Tues­day-Fri­day, March 17-20.

On the eve of one of the most im­por­tant games of his ca­reer, Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas re­ceived a warn­ing: The Sun news­pa­per was go­ing to “out” him as gay.

This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by me­dia spec­u­la­tion; “Al­fie” Thomas, 100 caps for Wales, once it’s cap­tain, now the world’s most prom­i­nent gay sports­man; and his home­town, Brid­gend.

Work­ing with Al­fie him­self, and young peo­ple in Brid­gend, two of the UK’s most ex­cit­ing the­atre com­pa­nies: Na­tional The­atre Wales and Out of Joint, have teamed up to tell a great story about sport, pol­i­tics, se­crets, life and learn­ing to be your­self.

The all-Welsh cast has also been con­firmed as: Pa­trick Bren­nan, Katie Elin- Salt, Daniel Hawks­ford, Lau­ren Roberts, Rhys ap Wil­liam and Bethan Witcomb.

Writer Robin Soans is cel­e­brated for his docu- men­tary, ver­ba­tim plays based on in­ter­views with real peo­ple, in­clud­ing Out of Joint’s ac­claimed shows Mixed Up North, A State Af­fair and Talk­ing to Ter­ror­ists, which was nom­i­nated for Best Play at the TMA awards and has been per­formed over­seas in­clud­ing in Tehran.

Di­rec­tor Max Stafford-Clark co-founded Joint Stock The­atre Group in 1974 fol­low­ing his artis­tic direc­tor­ship of The Tra­verse The­atre, Ed­in­burgh.

From 1979 to 1993, he was artis­tic di­rec­tor of The Royal Court The­atre, after which he founded Out of Joint.

His work as a di­rec­tor has over­whelm­ingly been with new writ­ing, and he has com­mis­sioned and di­rected first pro­duc­tions from writ­ers in­clud­ing Sue Townsend, Stephen Jef­freys, Tim­ber­lake Werten­baker, Se­bas­tian Barry, April de An­ge­lis, Mark Raven­hill, An­drea Dun­bar, Alis­tair Beaton, David Hare and Caryl Churchill.

Ad­di­tion­ally he has di­rected for the RSC, Syd­ney The­atre Company, New York’s Round­about Theater and most re­cently The Seag­ull for Cul­ture Project, New York.

His books are Let­ters to George, Tak­ing Stock and Jour­nal of the Plague Year.

For ticket in­for­ma­tion about the show, call 01248 382828 or go to: pon­tio.co.uk.

Crouch, Touch, Pause, En­gage will come o Neuadd Og­wen, Bethesda in March 2015. t

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