An Interview with playwright Mark Williams

Get the Chance values the role playwrights living and working in Wales bring to the cultural life of our nation. Here is our third interview in this series with playwright Mark Williams. Hi Mark great to meet you, so what got you interested in writing? I’ve always loved stories, and was a big reader of … Continue reading An Interview with playwright Mark Williams

Review, Heartbreak Talks, Fifth Floor by Gareth Williams

    The debut album of Swedish duo Fifth Floor is a fine collection of tracks that draw together well-written lyrics and catchy musical arrangements. Imbibed with country-style riffs and rhythms, this selection of songs also features a fair bit of punkish attitude. Contrast that with some beautiful harmonies and you get an interesting overall … Continue reading Review, Heartbreak Talks, Fifth Floor by Gareth Williams

Review, To Leave/ To Be Left, Robbie Cavanagh by Gareth Williams

Wow. What have you done to me Robbie Cavanagh? I did not expect that. The debut album of this Manchester musician, released this week, stunned me into almost complete silence. Titled ‘To Leave/ To Be Left’, Cavanagh’s first full-length feature may begin with a feel-good beat, but it gradually becomes a mystical, beautiful and haunting … Continue reading Review, To Leave/ To Be Left, Robbie Cavanagh by Gareth Williams

Review, Uncle Vanya, Theatr Clwyd by Gareth Williams

Prepare yourself for an immersive experience in the Emlyn Williams Theatre as Uncle Vanya kicks off Theatr Clwyd’s Autumn season. Having experienced the wonderful space known as the Roundabout Theatre earlier in the summer, it was a pleasant surprise to walk into something very similar here. However, whereas the Roundabout relied simply on the cast … Continue reading Review, Uncle Vanya, Theatr Clwyd by Gareth Williams

Series Review, Broken, BBC by Gareth Williams

Father Michael Kerrigan is the latest name to add to the growing pantheon of priests appearing on our television screens in recent years. Following in the footsteps of Tom Hollander (Rev), James Norton (Grantchester) and Mark Williams (Father Brown) is another acting heavyweight, Sean Bean. Bean takes the lead role in writer Jimmy McGovern’s latest … Continue reading Series Review, Broken, BBC by Gareth Williams

Ward Thomas, Cartwheels Tour, The Ritz Manchester by Gareth Williams

Walking the streets of Manchester on Wednesday evening, it felt like any other visit to the city. With the exception of some TV cameras and a clear police presence, it seemed like business as usual for residents, commuters and tourists. Outside The Ritz, the popular music venue opposite Oxford Road station, heightened security meant that … Continue reading Ward Thomas, Cartwheels Tour, The Ritz Manchester by Gareth Williams

Grantchester & the rise of the TV vicar by Gareth Williams

As Grantchester prepares to get underway with its third series on ITV, I felt it would be a good time to reflect on the recent surge in clerical figures appearing on our television screens. Whether in comedy, drama, or documentary, the rise of the TV vicar is very exciting on a personal level. But it … Continue reading Grantchester & the rise of the TV vicar by Gareth Williams

Recent YC reviews Rachel Williams

Last Christmas | Theatre Review Sherman Cymru 12 December ★★★★★ Christmas with a difference has landed at the Sherman: amongst the brightly coloured lights and floating snowflakes, stands one man: devoid of renditions of ‘He’s behind you’, emotions run high and hangover’s hit hard when reality rears its head and the spirit of Christmas is … Continue reading Recent YC reviews Rachel Williams