Dr. Paul T. Davies is a playwright, director, actor and academic, and created Stage Write, a Colchester based Theatre Company. His new play Jacky, will be staged this year, and enters the world of wheelchair Ballroom Dancing, and his 2015 play Living with Luke, about the challenges of living with a child with autism, is set in a wrestling ring and continues to be performed throughout the UK. Play Something was staged at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The Drayton Arms, London. His recently played Rupert in Airlock Theatre’s production of How We Love at The Vaults Festival 2020, and has played the nurse in Romeo and Juliet, (NETG award Best Supporting Actor), and Duncan/Second Witch in Protocol’s Macbeth.
Wales has been very well represented here at the Fringe, and here’s a little gem from Rhys Slade-Jones. Bringing to life Treherbet Rugby Club, he tells us his family history, how his parents met, and brings to life the humour and melancholy of the Valleys.
He is a warm, welcoming performer, sassy and naughty as he reads from his mother’s diary, sings a couple of songs and is, rightly, unashamedly gay and camp. As a gay Valleys boy myself, it was like watching some of my history! But this is no piece of fluff, Rhys Slade-Jones does not flinch from the ravages of the loss of industry and jobs, the under funding of the NHS and the closure of community centres and groups.
It’s a deeply personal piece that will speak to many, Welsh or not, and this is a highly enjoyable hour in the company of a very funny man. Besides which, he wears an attractive pair of shorts!