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I Am Angela Brazil by Lucinda Coxon

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff, Tues 11 Dec 2012, 8pm, £4 on the door

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, Wed 12 Dec  2012, 7.30pm, £4

The Riverfront, Newport, Thurs 13 Dec 2012, 7.45pm, £4

Cast

Angela Brazil – Boyd Clack

Director

Hugh Thomas

 

Review

The spectacle of the venerable Boyd Clack in a dress (and trousers) – a middle-aged man not quite pretending to be a woman. This is the latest treat provided by the Welsh Fargo Stage Company in their series of “On The Edge” readings at Chapter. Lucinda Coxon’s apparently little-performed monologue “I Am Angela Brazil”, directed by Hugh Thomas. Nothing to do with the children’s author of the same name, except that the title evokes a long-lost, girlish innocence as the protagonist, a tortured, adulterous woman, relays her troublesome dreams and fears. On a set consisting of a chair, and a table on which sits a glass of water, Clack is a reassuring presence, all charm, charisma and gravitas, only glancing occasionally at his script. The writing is elegant, poetic, occasionally profane, and captivating, despite the coldness of the character and the many levels of ironic distance between her and her audience. Beautifully done.

Othniel Smith (blakeson.blogspot.co.uk`0

 

 

Love In Plastic by Ian Rowlands

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff, Tues 1o Apr 2012, 8pm, £4 on the door

The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, Wed 11 Apr 2012, 7.30pm, £4

The Riverfront, Newport, Thurs 12 Apr 2012, 7.45pm, £4

IF the amount of laughter during rehearsals is anything to go by, audiences watching Ian Rowlands’ Love In Plastic are in for a side-splitting time. The play, featuring Boyd Clack, is being performed as part of artistic director Michael Kelligan’s On the Edge season of script-held plays with venues including Cardiff, Newport and Swansea. The On the Edge seasons are presented by Kelligan’s Cardiff-based Welsh Fargo Theatre Company.

Actor and director Kelligan said: “Love in Plastic is a very funny play telling us the story of Harold seeking out his new love, wearing a space suit, in a low-life Cardiff cafe. “The dive is run by the hilarious television comedy performer Boyd Clack who has, along with the other members of the cast, been in fits of laughter throughout the rehearsals.”

The other cast members are Philip Michell, Kathryn Dimery, who has recently completed a national tour of Cranford, and Dafydd Wyn Roberts.

Both Kelligan’s On the Edge project and Rowlands’ theatre company, Theatr Y Byd, cut their teeth in a pub in the Welsh capital, opposite Cardiff Castle. Both have gone on to produce works that now play a very important part in the Arts scene in Wales. Kelligan said the play makes some interesting observations on the nature of love, life and laughter. “Author Ian Rowlands writes metaphors to die for and displays an intriguing line in plot development and his roots are set deep in Welsh soil,” he said.

Kelligan’s artistic association with Rowlands began more than 30 years ago. They met as actors in a production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which was the first On the Edge production this year, with The Wales Actors’ Company at the then Sherman Theatre. Kelligan added, “Ian’s work has been described as having a depth and originality from a playwright whose writing and ideas are forcing Welsh Theatre on to an international stage – an aim shared by my own Welsh Fargo Stage Company.”

 

Cast

Man – Philip Michell

Waiter – Boyd Clack

Woman – Kathryn Dimery

Agent – Dafydd Wyn Roberts

 

Director

Julie Barclay

 

A Pair of Cardiff Shorts by Alan Osborne

Performances

Chapter, Cardiff Tues 9 June 2009 8pm – £3 on the door
The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Wed 10 June 2009 , 7:30pm – £3
The Riverfront, Newport Thur 11 June 2009, 7:45pm – £4

Cast

Jacky Chambers – Boyd Clack 

Carys – Clêr Stephens

Attlee – Nathan Sussex

Hiplet – Mali Tudno James

Bozza Lewis – Dean Rehman


Director

Russell Gomer

 

Review

The latest in the On The Edge season at Chapter featured a double bill of new plays – “A Pair of Cardiff Shorts” – by local legend Alan Osborne, one of the progenitors of the profane, poetic, surrealistic South Wales style. The first, “The Best Defensive Boxer In The Bay! Nay, The World” is about a pugilist whose aim is to become the world champion loser; the second, a less broadly humorous, more abstract piece, “Until, Box and Sometimes Sally”, has as its hero a blind man whose friends tell him stories to stir (or maybe constrain) his visual imagination. Despite the fact that these were script-in-hand readings, director Russell Gomer kept things moving admirably, and the cast (Nathan Sussex as the related central protagonists of both pieces, as well as Boyd Clack, Dean Rehman, Cler Stephens and Mali Tudno Jones) ably conveyed the pathos and humour in both pieces. More stimulation in a little under an hour than an entire season of Big Brother could provide.

Othniel Smith (blakeson.blogspot.co.uk)