Alfie’s hell portrayed
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