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Mr Thomas’ new play “Grav”, about Ray Gravell launched at Parc Y Scarlets

Yesterday saw the launch of ‘Grav’, my latest, and certainly the most high profile play of my writing career. The launch was held at Parc Y Scarlets, home to the Scarlets rugby team, in front of 250 invited members of the press, sponsors, friends, family, players and ex-players. The launch comprised of a film on the big screen in the stadium about the play before an extract was performed pitch side in front of the assembled guests. The extract was also filmed by everyone from BBC, ITV, S4C and even Sky Sports News who are showing extracts of it today every hour! (I never thought I would have my name mentioned on Sky Sports News, as the teachers who play football with me on a Friday will gladly testify). There were lots of speeches by people including the Chief Executive of the Scarlets and lots of interviews throughout the day which showed that there is a huge interest in this play from all around the world.

Image from Wales Online (picture Owen Howells) http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/rugby-legend-ray-gravells-story-8438447



‘Grav’ is a one man show performed by my friend and long-time collaborator Gareth Bale (the actor, not the footballer) about the life of Ray Gravell. If you haven’t heard of him, Ray Gravell was a Welsh Rugby International who made 23 appearances for Wales as well as 485 appearances for Llanelli RFC. He then went on to become a hugely respected actor, commentator and broadcaster as well as much loved husband and father. Tragically Ray passed away in 2007 at the age of 56 years old due to complications arising from diabetes. But, as American Baseball star Babe Ruth once said,

‘Heroes get remembered, but legends never die’.


Yes, his life was comparatively short, but it was packed with drama and incident making him the ideal subject for a piece of theatre. With the blessing of his widow and his daughters as well as contributions from his friends and ex-players who played alongside him I have spent 2 years researching and writing this play. Taking on the life of a much loved figure is a huge challenge and not without risk, so I was thrilled to talk to Mari, Ray’s widow, after the performance and hear that she loved the extract and is excited to see the whole play. Three weeks today it opens in Milford Haven at the Torch Theatre, the first of 30 performances in 19 theatres right around Wales.

Image of the launch from Theatre Sir Gar in Carmarthenshire http://www.theatrausirgar.co.uk/index.php/en/


The launch also marked the unveiling of the official show website, www.gravcymru.co.uk which, if you’re interested, contains more details about the play, the tour dates and the man himself.

The play has been developed at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven and is being directed by their Artistic Director, Peter Doran. Tickets are available at all venues, but some are selling out quickly due to the huge interest in the man and his life.  More locally it is on at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff from 9th to 11th March.

Come along and find out more about Ray Gravell, and see for yourself why ‘West is Best’

Mr Thomas – Head of Performing Arts

Year 12 enjoy seeing Warwick Davies in “See How They Run”

On Thursday 8th May 2014 some members of our year 12 drama class went to the New Theatre in Cardiff to watch a performance of ‘See How They Run’ performed by The Reduced Height Theatre Company. It is an essential part of studying drama that our young people are exposed to as much theatre as possible and we are very lucky to have so many theatres right on our doorstep. This certainly proved to be a unique theatrical experience, a play that will live long in the memory.

The play is a farce written by Philip King. Set in the 1940’s it features a cast of vicars, escaped prisoners, interfering neighbours and deserting soldiers. It was a hilarious evening and starred the marvellous Warwick Davies (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Life’s Too Short, An Idiot Abroad) in the lead role.

At the end of the show Warwick came and spoke to our students at the stage door, even agreeing to appear in a few selfies and sign a few autographs. He was a charming guy and it was a real pleasure to meet him.

On their website Warwick Davies sets out the core aim of the company as being that ‘Audiences who attend our productions will be treated to a unique and memorable theatrical experience that only ‘The Reduced Height Theatre Company’ can deliver’.

We can all testify that they achieved this aim and look forward to seeing what this exciting and very talented company does next!

6th form drama group with Warwick Davies
6th form drama group with Warwick Davies

Muni Arts Centre Closure Petition – Please Sign!

You may have heard that as part of the council’s cuts there are plans to close the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd. You can read more about this on Wales Online.

This would be a huge blow, not just to the community in the local area but also to the school.  We have performed school shows at the Muni for years and it gives students really great opportunity to perform at a professional theatre rather than school hall.

You can look back at our archive of school shows here.

There is a petition on Change.org to save the Muni from these cuts. If you have ever enjoyed a school show or simply want to see this excellent local, community resource stay open, please sign it – and share it with your friends.

Sign the Muni petition
Sign the Muni petition

Award Winning Playwright Mr Thomas’ New Play!

Next week sees the Welsh premier of Mr Thomas’ new play “Robert Golding” at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. Produced by his own company, Darkman Productions it is a dark comedy inspired by conspiracies and hidden secrets. The piece is set in a brand new restaurant on the night before its Grand Opening. The woman who owns the restaurant has prepared a celebratory meal for her husband when a stranger arrives who proceeds to turn their lives upside down.

Robert Golding will be performed at Chapter on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July at 8pm. On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th July it will be performed as part of a double-bill with his previous play Richard Parker, winner of Best International Show at last years’ Hollywood Fringe Festival (Richard Parker 7pm, Robert Golding 9pm).

Tickets are £8 each or £12 for the double bill. The play then moves the following week to the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it runs from the 1st to the 25th August in a co-production with Fringe Management USA.

If you are interested and would like to know more, then Mr Thomas will be one of Jamie Owen’s guests on his Radio Wales show this Sunday lunchtime to talk about the play in more depth.

robert golding

A Christmas Carol – Final Preparations

After six months of planning, preparation, line learning, rehearsing, sleepless nights, costume fittings, design meetings, tantrums and tears ‘A Christmas Carol’ is almost ready to be unveiled. With less than a week until the curtain lifts on Tuesday night excitement amongst the cast and production team is starting to build.

If you have already bought your ticket then I hope you’re looking forward to it. If you’ve ordered a ticket and it needs collecting then please bring your money in by Tuesday. If you haven’t bought a ticket yet and you’re thinking of coming along then I have a few left in the Drama Studio or alternatively they can be booked from the Muni Arts Centre direct by calling 01443 485934.

It is hard to praise enough the efforts of all involved in the show but I for one am incredibly proud. The work of my colleagues in the Performing Arts department and the wider school as well as that of our students has been fantastic. Some of the performances are breathtaking and if you’re expecting ‘Peter Pan’ mark 2 then you are in for something of a surprise. The staging follows the austere nature of both the story and the current economic climate by creating Dicken’s world in what I hope is an imaginative and innovative way.

I would really appreciate a final few days of marketing, cajoling and word of mouth from our wonderful school community in order to ensure that this show helps to bring to a close what has been another fantastic year here at Y Pant.

See you at the Muni!

Mr Thomas, Head of Performing Arts

Y Pant Presents: “A Christmas Carol”

A Christmas CarolBefore half term the cast of A Christmas Carol went to Script to Screen in Cardiff and tried on their costumes.

Tickets for the show are selling out fast.  There are 3 shows on at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd all starting at 7:30pm on

Tuesday 27th November

Wednesday 28th November

Thursday 29th November

Please contact Mr Thomas if you wish to buy tickets.

‘Thriller’ to be shown on BBC Wales Today!

Following three weeks of solid work and a premiere this afternoon at the Children In Need concert, Y Pant Presents ‘Thriller’ was shown on BBC Wales Today at 6:30pm on Friday 18th November!

You can see the TV show here with an excerpt from Thriller:

thriller bbc news

They also put a longer excerpt on their website!

thriller bbc web

Edinburgh Festival Success for Mr Thomas

richard parker

Mr Owen Thomas, otherwise known as Head of Drama at Y Pant, is also a playwright.  This year, he is putting on his play “Richard Parker” at the Edinburgh Festival between 21st and 29th August.

The play is described as “A darkly comic play about two loners who meet on a ferry. One follows fate and coincidence, the other preferring reason and logic. This fateful meeting challenges both their beliefs and changes the course of their journey. These polar opposite character’s witty banter balance the comedy and the thriller.

Some staff and students saw the play in Cardiff last year and I for one can recommend it!

For more details and to buy tickets if you happen to be in Edinburgh this summer check out the Edinburgh Festival Guide and read an interview with Mr Thomas here.

Update 25th August – Richard Parker has had some excellent reviews in Edinburgh!

Y Pant Year 8 Spring 2011 Achievement Assembly

The year 8 Achievement Assembly this term was held to celebrate the success of year 8 pupils in a variety of areas.

Sporting Achievements:


School representation at Football:

RCT Cup Semi-Finalists

y pant year 8 acheivements spring 2011

Huw Jones, Jamie Worthington, Josh Jones, Josh Teague, Lewis Robson, Adam Baker, Joe Vellam, Jamie Wheeler, Tom Naden,  Oliver Wheeler (Capt),  Jake May, James Bull, Jack Taylor, Rhodri Poacher (CF), Gethyn Chadwick, Andrew Chau

School representation at Rugby:

Urdd & Rosslyn Park 7’s

y pant year 8 acheivements spring 2011

Nathan Johnson, Bryce Marshall, Iwan Evans, Gethin Chadwick, Bob Davies, Jack Smyth, Declan Patrick, Jamie Wheeler, Rhodri Poacher, Ieuan Evans, Matthew Johnson, Hywel Thomas, Kyle Barnett, Kane Lowery, Kieran Williams, Jack Taylor




School representation at Netball:

y pant year 8 acheivements spring 2011


Katie Williams, Emily Roberts, Jess Collins, Katie Crook, Anna Robinson, Lauren Jeffrey, Eleanor Dunn

Sporting Achievements (Miscellaneous);

y pant year 8 acheivements spring 2011



year 8 spring 2011 achievement assembly

year 8 spring 2011 achievement assembly

year 8 spring 2011 achievement assembly

year 8 spring 2011 achievement assembly

Jack Smyth- (U13 Blues Rugby squad)

Bob Davies- (U13 Blues Rugby squad)

Rhodri Poacher- (U13 Blues Rugby squad)

Gethyn Chadwick- (Won Tenby Judo County Competition)

James Bull-(U13 Blues Rugby squad) and also selected for Mid Glamorgan Cricket team

Georgia Guildford- 1st in Ice skating pairs and singles

Kieran Williams- County honours in Judo.

Katie Williams- Competed in U13 County Netball Tournament and came 1st in a Show-jumping competition

Louise Williams- 1st in the Pencoed horse jumping competition

Andrew Chau- Gold medal in a local badminton competition

Ellie Matthews- Gained 2 golds, 3 silvers & 2 bronze in the Millfield Open (Swimming)

Anna Robinson- 1st place in a Cheer-leading competition

Alix Garley- Passed Level 5 in Ice Skating

Chloe Mo- Gold medal in County Badminton doubles

Katie Porter- Competed in E3 Badminton competition

Performing Arts Achievements:

A Smack of Jellyfish

year 8 spring 2011 achievement assembly

Juliet Johns, Megan Brady, Kimberley Jenkins, Jess Collins

Street dance competition

year 8 spring 2011 achievement assembly

Erin Jenkins, Jamie-Lee Edwards, Kirsten Collins (Welsh Finalist in Howard Street Dance Studio competition.)


year 8 spring 2011 achievement assembly

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

Zoe Morgan- Achieved Grade 4 in the Flute

Kinglsey Dunstan-Jones- Represented the school in the Senior Music course.

Paige Jones- Performed for the Mayor in a Charity play

Jessica Picton- Achieved Grade 1 in piano

Sam Chessell- Achieved Grade 4 (Saxophone) & Played for RCT Music service.

Anna Robinson- Achieved Grade 4 in the flute

Anna Robinson- Played in the RCT senior concert

Peter Pan

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

Rachael Sinclair, Kirsty White, Kate Porter, Megan Brown, Caitlin Bridges, Juliet Johns, Daniel Havard, William Llewellyn, Amelia Green, Alicia Archer, Ffion Stallworthy, Verity Rhys-Donoghue, Johanna Little, Lucy Humphrey, Hywel Thomas


year 8 spring 2011

Sam Maybank- Became a 2nd class Cadet.

Sponsored walk for the Macmillian Cancer Relief

year 8 spring 2011Laila Hafid, Vicky Martinsen, Megan Brady and Mia Fogerty

Contribution to the school website

year 8 spring 2011Sam Chessell (Techiquest trip), Juliet Johns (Bristol trip)

Academic Subjects


year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

Harry Gerrard, Nyomi Bufton, Chloe Wesley, Erin Jenkins, Benedict-Walters-Evans, Lucy McCarthy, Jessica Collins, Juliet Johns, Jade Cooper, Alex Samuel, Emma Saunders, Grace Jenkins, Jeremy Thomas, Georgia Guildford, Serene Davies, Joshua Davies, Sophie Lee- Lewis, Nathan Hallet, Joshua Edmunds

Success Maker

year 8 spring 2011

Josh Watts, Nathan Hallett, Connor Morris


year 8 spring 2011

Molly Robson, Eleanor Matthews, Kingsley Dunstan-Jones, Lucy McCarthy, Sam Chessell


year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

Jessica Collins, Katie Crook, Megan Brown, Shannon Giles, Emily Deaves-Small, James Wheeler, Jamie White, Toni Russell, Verity Rhys-Donoghue, Matthew Davies, Rhianne Jones, Jessica Thomas, Daniel Emberlain, Kingsley Dunstan-Jones, Sam Chessell


year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

Kingsley Dunstan-Jones, Rhys Williams, Rachael Sinclair, Emily Roberts, Lucy McCarthy, Stephanie Coles, Morgan Waters, Jack Smyth, Jacob May, Juliet Johns, Kimberley Jenkins, Cerys Haines, Katie Crook, Jessica Collins, Megan Brown

Learn Smart

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

Kiera White, Ben Walters, Lucy Humphrey, Bob Davies, Megan Brown, Serene Davies, Cerys Haines, Sam Maybank, Juliet Johns, Rhianne Jones, Shannon Billet, Paige Jones, Kingsley Dunstan-Jones, Kieran Everitt, Ellie Matthews, Jack Taylor, Oliver Wheeler, Jessica Collins, Jack Jones, Kyle Foster

Home Economics

year 8 spring 2011

Megan Brown, Katie Crook, Juliet Johns, Abigail Rees, Molly Robson, Harry Gerrard, Connor Morris, Erin Jenkins, Zoe Morgan, Laila Hafid

Art & Design

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

Sophie Lee-Lewis, Jade Cooper, Johanna Little, Anna Robinson, Joseph Vellam, Zoe Morgan, Emma Saunders, Mason Llewellyn, Chloe Wesley, Caitlin Rodd, Lewis Robson, Sarah Watts, Lauren Paskell, Soloman Bolton, Eithane Moss, Bethany Riley

100% Attendance

Happily, too many students in year 8 achieved 100% attendance to list them all by name.  Congratulations to all of you on this critical accompliment for your success in school!

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011

year 8 spring 2011