An exceptional pairing of Welsh actors, Rhodri Meilir and Alexandria Riley, have been announced for Cardiff-based playwright Alan Harris’s How My Light Is Spent, a co-production by Sherman Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre and Theatre by the Lake. This funny, hopeful play about friendship, loneliness, longing and being left behind will receive its Welsh premiere at the Sherman in May. How My Light Is Spent won a Judges Award in the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2015, Europe’s largest playwriting competition (This year now open for entries).
Every Wednesday evening, Jimmy calls Kitty. For precisely nine minutes. At £1.20 a minute. Jimmy is 36, lives with his mum and works at Newport’s only drive-through doughnut restaurant. Kitty is a phone sex worker living in the granny flat of a topiary enthusiast. Things were looking up for Jimmy when he met Kitty for the first time, but then he loses his job at the drive-in and starts to feel a strange tingling in his fingers.
Rhodri Meilir one of the most recognisable Welsh actors in TV and Film and takes on the role of Jimmy. He is well known for his role in the long-running and much-loved sitcom My Family. His extensive work for television includes Afterlife, Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather, Doctor Who, Y Pris, Caerdydd, Teulu, Tipyn o Stad, Cyw and Y Gwyl. Rhodri received a BAFTA nomination for his performance in the lead role of Trefor in Gwlad y Astra Gwyn in 2013. Rhodri has been most recently seen on TV in Byw Celwydd. Rhodri’s film credits include Matthew Warchus’s hugely popular Pride.
Rhodri has worked regularly on stage for companies including HOME Manchester, Liverpool Everyman, National Theatre Wales, Theatr Bara Caws and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
Alexandria Riley plays Kitty, she graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2016. Born in Newport, where the play is set, Alex’s credits include the Sherman Theatre production of All That I Am which was performed by the Richard Burton Company as part of NEW: 2016 at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Gate Theatre, London. Her other credits include The Wild Sargasso Sea, BBC Radio Wales, Britt-Marie was Here, BBC Radio, alongside Pippa Haywood, and a lead role in a well-known radio series soon to be announced. She recently received a five star review in The Stage for her role as Camae in The Mountaintop by Katori Hall at The Other Room, Cardiff, which is due to tour in October 2017.
How My Light Is Spent is written by Alan Harris (Love, Lies and Taxidermy)and directed by JMK Young Director Award winning Director Liz Stevenson, and receives its Welsh premiere at the Sherman Theatre 16 – 27 May following performances at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester from 24 April – 13 May, and finally at Theatre by the Lake from 31 May – 24 June.