In October 2007 Ray Gravell passed away after succumbing to complications resulting from contracting diabetes. He was 56 years old.
Known to millions for his legendary exploits on the rugby field, ‘Grav’ was and is so much more than that. An actor, a cultural icon, a father, a husband, a man with a life packed full of stories that deserve to be heard once more…
Raymond ‘Ray’ William Robert Gravell was a Welsh rugby union centre who played club rugby for Llanelli RFC. At international level, he earned 23 caps for Wales and was selected for the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa. Ray later became a well respected English and Welsh language broadcaster and actor.
During his film career, Ray starred alongside Peter O’Toole in one of his most notable performances in Rebecca’s Daughters, a comedy film directed by Karl Francis, based on a story by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
Ray’s death was mourned by people throughout Wales and beyond, but his legacy lives on through his family and through the Ray Gravell Charitable Trust.
With the full blessing of Ray’s wife Mari and his daughters Manon and Gwenan, and contributions from his Welsh and British Lions teammates, this one-man show explores the life of a man who was as fascinating away from the rugby field as he was on it.
The play has sold out venues across the UK, been performed in New York and Washington DC, has won multiple awards, and in 2021 was turned into a feature length film for S4C.
Directed by Peter Doran, Grav celebrates a unique life well lived.
Whether you are a rugby fan or not, only the hardest of hearts would fail to enjoy this production.
“In this extraordinary and wonderful one-man play Gareth J Bale shows us he has [a] masterly a grasp of the art of theatre” – Theatre In Wales
“With a central performance which will engage even non-rugby fans, this is robust and charming entertainment” – British Theatre Guide
“This is an incredibly moving tale. Bale’s performance is exceptional and he keeps the audience enthralled right up to the very end” – Daily Post
“…fitting tribute to the rugby legend… Writer Owen
Thomas has penned a beautifully lyrical script” – The Western Mail
“You don’t need to be a rugger bugger – or Welsh – to enjoy this powerful, passionate play” – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Duration : approximately 70 minutes straight through.
After a brief interval there will be a Q&A in the bar with actor Gareth J Bale for those who would like to stay on.
Recommended age : 14+
Written by Owen Thomas.
Directed by Peter Doran.
Performed by Gareth J Bale.
Tuesday 18 July 7.30pm
Tickets : £13.50