Grav*** (Assembly Hall, Edinburgh)

Posted: August 25, 2015 in Theatre


Grav is Ray Gravell, Welsh international and British Lion Rugby player of the 70s and 80s. Owen Thomas’ play is a 75 minute monologue taking us through his life, from childhood in a tiny Welsh village to celebrity status in later years, including appearing in a film alongside Peter OToole. The story dwells long on one match that ended Llanelli 9, New Zealand 3, underlining its main theme – the triumph of a humble man on a world stage. Gareth Bale (no, not the footballer) plays Grav as a starstruck lad from the valleys, bemused to be in the company of Gareth Edwards, JPR Williams and the like and relating a string of very amusing anecdotes.

Performance date: 17 August 2015

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