The Gwyn Hall Presents a staged reading of A Tidy Boy By Peter Darney
Directed by Catherine Paskell
“When Geraint returns from boarding school and uni in London to take up a post on a project for young offenders in Neath with long standing salt of the earth youth workers Ann and Sylvia, he thinks he needs to fix them- and they see he needs to fix himself. When a drama at work forces him to confront the truth, far from the rejection and ridicule he fears, he finds that they still think he’s “A Tidy Boy”.
Peter’s mulit- award winning play 5 Guys Chillin’ was named one of “Ten Plays That Shaped Queer Theatre History” (Evening Standard) and has been seen in London, Off-Broadway, Sydney, Toronto, Edinburgh and Paris. He is working on a film adaptation with Ffilm Cymru. A Tidy Boy is the first play to be set in writer Peter’s town of birth, Neath, and draws on his own experiences of working in the youth service.
Catherine is Artistic Director of Wales’ award-winning new writing theatre company Dirty Protest “There are few people making theatre this exciting in Wales today” The Guardian. She is a founding Creative Associate of National Theatre Wales. Recent directing credits include: How To Be Brave (Paines Plough’s Roundabout programme, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 and national tour) Sugar Baby by Alan Harris (Paines Plough’s Roundabout programme, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017+18 Soho Theatre and International Tour 2018) and a new version of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in Portuguese, for the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Belo Horizonte
(People’s Palace Projects/British Council).