Written by Owen Thomas | Directed by Peter Doran | Starring Gareth J Bale

Gareth J Bale reprises the role of ‘Grav’ in this remarkable one-man show exploring the life and times of one of Wales’ most loved sons, Ray Gravell.

In October 2007 Ray Gravell, a man who for many embodied what it is to be Welsh, passed away after succumbing to diabetes complications. He was 56 years old.

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.

With the blessing of Mari, Ray’s widow, and contributions from his Welsh and British Lions team mates, this one-man show will explore the life of a man who was as fascinating away from the rugby field as he was on it.

Following an incredible tour of Wales and the USA in 2018, including performances in New York and Washington DC, the Torch Theatre Company is delighted to once again bring the story of ‘Grav’ to The Welfare in 2019.

Whether you are a Rugby fan or not, only the hardest of hearts would fail to enjoy this production…

Laurel Award Winner – Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2015

Best Production – Wales Theatre Awards, 2016

Grav at The Welfare Ystradgynlais, Swansea
Wednesday 13 Mar 2019
Grav was a great friend, everybody loved him and tonight you captured him brilliantly. Very funny and exceptionally moving. I could sit through it again.
Sir Gareth Edwards
...fitting tribute to the rugby legend... Writer Owen Thomas has penned a beautifully lyrical script.
The Western Mail
You don’t need to be a rugger bugger – or Welsh – to enjoy this powerful, passionate play.
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
An unashamed crowd-pleaser, pushing the audience’s patriotic buttons whilst retaining a genial tone throughout... with a central performance which will engage even non-rugby fans, this is robust and charming entertainment.
British Theatre Guide
In this extraordinary and wonderful one-man play Gareth (John) Bale shows us he has as masterly a grasp of the art of theatre as his namesake, Gareth Bale, has of the art of international football.
Theatre In Wales
This is an incredibly moving tale. Bale’s performance is exceptional and he keeps the audience enthralled right up to the very end.
Daily Post
Gareth Bale’s performance is brilliant, and he holds the audience right up until the last word.
Buzz Magazine