Chapter, Cardiff, Tues 11 Dec 2012, 8pm, £4 on the door
The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, Wed 12 Dec 2012, 7.30pm, £4
Angela Brazil – Boyd Clack
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