S4C commissions Milford Haven Torch Theater screen production of play ‘Grav’
S4C has commissioned a special drama, which will begin filming at the end of June, which will pay tribute to Welsh rugby hero Ray Gravell.
The drama was adapted from the acclaimed show created by Owen Thomas, Peter Doran and Gareth John Bale at the Torch Theater in Milford Haven.
Following his memorable onstage portrayal of Ray Gravell, actor Gareth John Bale will star, while award-winning director Marc Evans will helm the TV adaptation of the show.
Marc has previously worked on programs such as The Pembrokeshire Murders, Manhunt and Y Bomiwr a’r Tywysog.
S4C commissioned Regan Developments, along with Tarian Cyf, to produce this unique program, which will be screened in September.
Owen Thomas said, “I’m thrilled to be working with Marc Evans and S4C as Grav continues the next part of this incredible journey that began at the beautiful Torch Theatre.”
Branwen Cennard, co-producer of Grav, said, “Working on a project like this, to create a television adaptation of Owen Thomas’ hit stage show, is very exciting. The original drama gets to the root of what who drove Grav as a person and the show was universally acclaimed.”
Gwenllïan Gravelle, S4C Drama Commissioner, said: “It is a privilege to commission a drama about a true Welsh folk hero, Ray Gravell. Grav was such a famous figure; as a strong and talented leader on the rugby pitch , and an affectionate, colorful , but complicated character apart from that.”
Torch Theater Artistic Director Peter Doran said: “This play never fails to amaze me, we’ve played the show around 120 times, sold out Edinburgh (Fringe Festival), taken it to America twice, if it wasn’t for covid we would be in south africa next month we got invited to the adelaide festival we opened the last rugby world cup and now it’s suitable for tv i dunno really not where this is going to end.