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A one-man show based on the life of rugby legend and cultural icon Ray Gravell will open at The Park & Dare Theatre Treorchy on Wednesday 25 February as part of a Wales wide tour by Torch Theatre.

Raymond ‘Ray’ William Robert Gravell was a Welsh rugby union centre who played club rugby for Llanelli RFC. At international level, Gravell earned 23 caps for Wales and was selected for the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa. In his later career, he became a respected broadcaster and occasional actor. Then In October 2007 Gravell, a man who for many embodied what it is to be Welsh, passed away aged 56. 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.

Written by Owen Thomas, Grav the play has been written with the blessing of Mari, Ray’s widow, and contributions from his Welsh and British Lions team mates. Directed by the Torch Theatre’s Artistic Director Peter Doran, this one man show will explore the life of a man who was as compelling away from the rugby field as he was on it. Peter comments:

“We have a plethora of rugby legends in Wales but Grav was so much more; it’s a story waiting to be told, how tragedy as a young teenager dictated and shaped the rest of his life – a fascinating story, a fascinating man!”

Performed by Gareth Bale (The Indian Doctor, High Hopes, Pobol Y Cwm, Richard Parker, Bedroom Farce, Boeing Boeing, Neville’s Island, Up 'n Under, Bouncers), Grav will remind the world once more of a unique life well lived.

Grav is on at The Park & Dare Theatre Treorchy on Wednesday 25 February at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 08000 147 111 or online at
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