REVIEW: The Land Of My Fathers and Mothers and Other People, Edinburgh Fringe ✭✭✭✭

Paul T Davies reviews The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Other People now playing at the Pleasance Courtyard as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Edinburgh Fringe

The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Other People 
Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe
14 August 2019
4 Stars
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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!

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