Award winning play coming to Ropery Hall
A new one-man play set in Newport, South Wales is coming to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall as part of a winter tour of England and Wales before heading for an off-Broadway run later in the year.
A Regular Little Houdini, written and performed by Daniel Llewelyn-Williams, is a coming of age story about a lowly dockworker’s son who dreams of becoming a magician like his hero Harry Houdini and is being performed at the Maltkiln Road venue on Friday, February 10.
“The play is a universal story about the importance of having hopes and dreams, no matter how difficult the times in which you live,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk. “The themes are as prevalent today as they were at the turn of the last century and Daniel has been taken aback by the age range of his audiences and the resonance of the drama amongst families.”
Llewelyn-Williams confesses to not being an expert on magic before embarking on this project.
“I had no previous knowledge of magic but I’ve become a bit of an aficionado for this play. The main character sleeps with The Houdini Book of Magic under his pillow, carrying it with him everywhere, so I’ve had to pretty much do the same thing to tap into that obsession,” he said.
“The play is inspired by family stories. I come from a long line of dockers in South Wales and there are so many incredible stories that have come out of that history of industrial workers – it’s an incredibly personal drama in that sense”.
Llewelyn-Williams won Best Actor at the Welsh Theatre Awards in 2015 for his portrayal of Siegfried Sassoon in Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s production of Not About Heroes and he has already enjoyed success with A Regular Little Houdini in America – winning Best Actor at the 2016 Hollywood Fringe and Best Solo Show at the San Diego International Festival.
“You never know how a play set in a small Welsh town will go down outside of Wales,” admitted Llewelyn-Williams. “The temptation is always to set it somewhere more well-known but I’m a proud Welshman and we have great stories to tell too”.
The performance begins at 7.30pm and tickets, costing £13 in advance or £15 on the door with £5 student tickets also available, can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380