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Dr WHO writer and executive producer Russell T Davies is taking a break from filming the new series to take part in a Mardi Gras Fringe Benefit in Cardiff next month.

Russell will be in conversation with arts writer Mike Smith about the new series of Dr Who now been filmed in South Wales.

As well as discussing the new Time Lord, David Tennant, and maybe revealing a few secrets of the forthcoming Christmas special, the Swansea-born writer will also be answering questions from the audience at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff on Tuesday, September 6.

Russell shot to prominence with his first big hit, the ground-breaking series Queer as Folk that charted the lives of a group of gay people in Manchester. Other major successes have been Second Coming, which starred Christopher Ecclestone, and Casanova which starred David Tennant who takes over from Ecclestone as the new Time Lord.

More recently he returned to his Swansea roots for the series Mine All Mine starring Griff Rhys Jones and Ruth Madoc.

But it is has been the runaway success of bringing back the Time Lord, in the shape of Christopher Ecclestone, accompanied by Billie Piper and complete with a range of new monsters and the ever popular Dales, that has brought Russell universal acclaim.

The gay community has been particularly delighted to see the writer include bisexual character Captain Jack Harkness, played by popular gay actor John Barrowman, who has gave his support to this year’s London Pride event.

In what has been a hugely successful mainstream, family show, produced by BBC Wales, Davies has managed to include a bisexual character and the series’ first “gay kiss”.

Now Russell is throwing his support behind the annual Cardiff Wales Mardi Gras by taking part in what is expected to be a sell out evening of conversation live music and comedy.

Joining Russell on the Sherman stage will be top comedienne Clare Summerskill and West End actor Dave Benson, who received plaudits for his one may Kenneth Williams show, Think No Evil, and live music from Swansea singer Scotty.

Mike Smith said, “I am looking forward enormously to interviewing Russell and opening the conversation open to the audience as I know Dr Who is one of the big conversation topics everywhere I go.

“This evening will be great for Dr Who fans who can get to ask about the new series – not that I can guarantee Russell will be giving anything away!

“With comedy and music also on the bill this will be a great evening. Who knows we might get the Lord Mayor of Cardiff along – real or the Slitheen!”

All proceeds from the event will go to the gay charity Rainbow Project which is working towards the opening of a lesbian, gay and bisexual centre in Cardiff and Cardiff Wales Mardi Gras which takes place in the city on September 10.

Tickets for the show are £15 and available from the Sherman Theatre box office on 020 2064 6900 or visiting www.shermantheatre.co.uk

The Mardi Grad Fringe Benefit, Tuesday, September 6, 7.30pm, Venue 1, Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.

 
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