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 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

Review, Bryony Sier, Personal Monster EP, by Gareth Williams

It is hard to categorise Bryony Sier. The Welsh singer-songwriter has a rather eclectic sound. There are bits of blues, flecks of folk, glimpses of gospel. She is cut through with country, with a slice of soul, lightly packaged in pop. Her new EP Personal Monster displays an exciting mix of all of these various … Continue reading Review, Bryony Sier, Personal Monster EP, by Gareth Williams

Review, Her Ffilm Fer, Hansh, S4C by Gareth Williams

The old adage that the two most difficult genres to write are comedy and horror seemed to have bypassed the ears of some of Wales’ top producers. The likes of Ed Thomas (Hinterland) and Euros Lyn (Doctor Who) decided to devilishly choose the latter for a short film challenge put on by S4C’s Hansh (of … Continue reading Review, Her Ffilm Fer, Hansh, S4C by Gareth Williams

Review, Handstand, BBC Wales by Gareth Williams

The first original TV drama of 2020 to emerge from Wales is a short one-off piece called Handstand. It may be quirky and slightly clichéd on the surface, but there is a dark underbelly that gradually reveals itself over the course of half an hour. Director Peter Watkins-Hughes has chosen to shine a spotlight on … Continue reading Review, Handstand, BBC Wales by Gareth Williams

Review, Eye of the Storm, Theatr na nÓg at Pontio Arts Centre by Gareth Williams

My love affair with theatre began a few years ago with Under Milk Wood. Theatr Clwyd’s production of Dylan Thomas’ most famous work was a revelation, a conversion experience that has led me to take a seat for many a show since. Over the last year or so, such journeys have become less frequent. Life … Continue reading Review, Eye of the Storm, Theatr na nÓg at Pontio Arts Centre by Gareth Williams

Review, Orpheus Descending, A Theatr Clwyd/Menier Chocolate Factory Co-production by Gareth Williams

The set design may be far more sedate than in her last production, Home, I’m Darling. But the cast assembled by director Tamara Harvey for her latest offering Orpheus Descending spark off one another with electrifying chemistry. One wonders what she does during the rehearsal process that nurtures such strong unity among cast members, and … Continue reading Review, Orpheus Descending, A Theatr Clwyd/Menier Chocolate Factory Co-production by Gareth Williams

Review, Kitty MacFarlane, Record Journal Live, Gwaenysgor Village Hall by Gareth Williams

On a cold Autumn evening, I ventured through the country lanes of North East Wales to the village of Gwaenysgor. It seems a very innocuous place to attend a gig with one of folk music’s brightest upcoming stars. Yet the small village hall, nestled in a corner just off the main road, was the perfect … Continue reading Review, Kitty MacFarlane, Record Journal Live, Gwaenysgor Village Hall by Gareth Williams

Review Home, I’m Darling, A Theatr Clwyd/ National Theatre Co-production by Gareth Williams

Update : the production is transferring to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited season this January. Booking can be made at the highlighted link above. Travelling along the sun-drenched roads of North Wales in the heat of an early July evening, I wondered whether it was the right time to be … Continue reading Review Home, I’m Darling, A Theatr Clwyd/ National Theatre Co-production by Gareth Williams