Simon Nehan as Carwyn

Neehan studied footage of Carwyn, to bring him to life and he achieves this and brings Carwyn authentically to the stage. It’s a sublime performance that kept us enthralled throughout, carried us inside Carwyn’s deepest emotions and and brought us to tears.

Carwyn Set, Lighting & Projection

The wonderful 80’s hotel room, complete with (a now) retro tele and Teasmaid was designed perfectly by Tegan Reg James. I loved the clever ways the props were hidden in plain sight within the set. Lighting and Projection Designer, Ceri James, has employed a number of techniques to enhance this monologue. The lighting sets the mood and the projection of news footage reporting Carwyn’s death and the famous rugby game footage is projected in a number of different ways- on the portable TV, the curtains and even on a newspaper.

Carwyn- the End

When watching a play based on real life, there are rarely surprise endings. However, I think most of us in the audience were surprised at just how emotional we felt by the end of the show. I heard sniffles and sobs and people taking tissues out of their bags. The well deserved standing ovation was also slightly delayed as we needed a moment to compose ourselves to be able to give Simon Nehan, and everyone involved in this project, the applause it truly deserved.

You shouldn’t fear death, you should only fear not living a true life.”

But for Carwyn, this realisation heartbreakingly came too late (indeed if it ever came at all…).

I’m so glad that I went to see Carwyn, it’s a a remarkable and important story that deserves to be told.

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Watch Carwyn at the Torch Theatre

Carwyn will run at various times until Saturday 26th February in the theatre’s Studio Theatre. There is a socially distanced performance on Monday 21st February and a BSL interpreted performance on Tuesday 22nd February. The performance is suitable for those aged 12 and above. Tickets cost £15, £13 Concessions and £8.50 for those aged 26 and under. Bookings can be made through the Torch Theatre’s Box Office on 01646 695267 or by visiting

Watch Carwyn at your local theatre

Carwyn will be touring across various venues across Wales from Monday 28 February 2022, starting at Theatrau Sir Gâr (The Lyric Theatre).

Alongside this production, the Torch Theatre also have an exciting exhibition in the Oriel Joanna Field, with photos, memorabilia, and some very special items from the rugby side of Carwyn James’s career.

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