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 The Crooners, Theatr Clwyd By Donna Williams

Being a regular visitor of Theatr Clwyd and knowing that most of their shows sell out, especially one nighters such as this, it was disappointing to see the auditorium not even half full for this performance. The surge over the winter months of the Omicron variant coupled with the fact that a production paying homage … Continue reading Review The Crooners, Theatr Clwyd By Donna Williams

Review Black Box’s Murder Under the Mistletoe at Theatr Clwyd by Donna Williams

Black Box Events, set up by Denbigh born Mark Hughes, specialise in unique events and entertainment across North Wales. Since its creation in 2019, the company have provided a variety of successful events across a number of different venues in the region. Mark initially started hosting murder mystery events back in 2017 as fundraisers for … Continue reading Review Black Box’s Murder Under the Mistletoe at Theatr Clwyd by Donna Williams

Series Review, On the Edge, Channel 4/BlackLight Television by Gareth Williams

It is a clique to say that I laughed and cried at Channel 4’s anthology series, On the Edge, but it’s true. The three films, devised by new and emerging writers, are stirring, disturbing, entertaining and gripping. Each of them explores the impact of mental health in families through parent-child relationships in ways that are … Continue reading Series Review, On the Edge, Channel 4/BlackLight Television by Gareth Williams

Review, For the Grace of You Go I, Theatr Clwyd by Gareth Williams

There is a sadness and deep sense of injustice behind the humour and surrealism of For the Grace of You Go I. Due to begin just before the pandemic hit, Alan Harris’ play may be long overdue but its delay has proved timely. Beneath the strange veneer of a storyline in which a man puts … Continue reading Review, For the Grace of You Go I, Theatr Clwyd by Gareth Williams

Series Review, The Pact, BBC1, by Gareth Williams

There is a moment during the final episode of BBC1 drama The Pact when its writer, Pete McTighe, attempts to deconstruct the truth. Julie Hesmondhalgh’s character Nancy, one of the four women caught up at the centre of a murder investigation, begins a Shakespearean dialogue with her priest (Mark Lewis-Jones), telling him that we all … Continue reading Series Review, The Pact, BBC1, by Gareth Williams

Review, Keeping Faith, Series 3, BBC/S4C, by Gareth Williams

There is a moment in the final series of Keeping Faith when Eve Myles becomes Celia Imrie. The transformation is extraordinary. There is no CGI or special effects; rather, just Eve Myles doing what Eve Myles does best. It’s why we’ll miss her as Faith, the gutsy, emotional, steely and vulnerable lawyer who has been … Continue reading Review, Keeping Faith, Series 3, BBC/S4C, by Gareth Williams

Series Review, Rybish, S4C by Gareth Williams

When a sitcom gets funnier as the series goes on, you know you’re onto a winner. So it is with Rybish, written by Barry ‘Archie’ Jones. Set in a recycling centre in North-West Wales, it avoids the rookie mistake of focusing primarily on the workplace situation. Instead, Jones develops a cast of well-rounded characters whose … Continue reading Series Review, Rybish, S4C by Gareth Williams

Review, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Theatr Clwyd, by Gareth Williams

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Or so it seems. The arts sector is not out of the woods yet by any means. But there is a glimmer of hope. Like the neon bulbs dangling across the stage at my first live gig since March, there are rays of optimism breaking … Continue reading Review, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Theatr Clwyd, by Gareth Williams