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How My Light Is Spent

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16 - 27 May


Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price

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By Alan Harris
Directed by Liz Stevenson

Jimmy - Rhodri Meilir
Kitty - Alexandria Riley

Strong language and sexual references

Captioned performance - 26 May, 7.45pm

Post-show talk - 23 May

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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. Kitty’s not a psychologist yet, but she has some theories about why Jimmy has started to disappear. With Kitty giving some life-changing advice and Jimmy trying to reconcile himself to eventual invisibility, this unlikely duo succeeds in turning each other’s world upside down.

From the writer of Love, Lies and Taxidermy, this Welsh Premiere of How My Light Is Spent is a funny, hopeful play about loneliness, longing and being left behind.

“Alan has a unique voice that is playful, charming and wonderfully weird. I think this is an entertaining, uplifting and accessible play that audiences in Cardiff will really warm to” Liz Stevenson, Director

Show Times

Tuesday 16 May 7.45pm 
Wednesday 17 May 7.45pm
Thursday 18 May 7.45pm
Friday 19 May 7.45pm
Saturday 20 May 7.45pm
Monday 22 May 7.45pm
Tuesday 23 May 7.45pm
Wednesday 24 May 7.45pm
Thursday 25 May 7.45pm
Friday 26 May 7.45pm  CAPTIONED
Saturday 27 May 7.45pm


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Cast & Team

Written by Alan Harris

Director Liz Stevenson

Designer Fly Davis

Rhodri Meilir - Content
Studied drama at Aberystwyth University, graduating in 2000. In 2014 he was awarded a Fellowship of the University. Theatre includes: The Funfair (HOME Manchester); Bright Phoenix (Liverpool Everyman); Mametz (National Theatre Wales) Various (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru); (Theatr Bara Caws); (Cwmni'r Frân Wen). TV includes: Afterlife (ITV); My Family, Doctor Who (BBC); Hogfather (Sky1); Teenage Ninja Mutant Ninja Turtles, Anita, Y Gwyll/Hinterland, Byw Celwydd, YPris, Pen Talar, Caerdydd, Rapsgaliwn, Teulu, Tipyn o Stâd(S4C). Film includes: Pride (Pathé/BBC), Under Milk Wood/Dan y Wenallt, Y Syrcas (fFati fFilms); Mr Torquay's Holiday (Trinder Films), Patagonia (Rainy Day Films); Ble mae Cyw? (s4c). Radio includes: Various (Radio 4); (Radio Cymru)

Alexandria Riley -c ontent

Graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2016. For Sherman Theatre: All That I Am (&Richard Burton Company, NEW: 2016, RWCMD) Other Theatre: Camae in The Mountaintop (The Other Room). Radio includes: The Wild Sargasso Sea, (BBC Radio Wales); Britt-Marie was Here BBC Radio); lead role in a well-known radio series soon to be announced.

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