The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People is an all-singing, all-dancing re-enactment of what Rhys’s Mam wrote down 40 years ago. This frenzied one-man cabaret mixes stand-up, dance and good old-fashioned singalong to breathe life into his Mam’s stories, and bring Treherbert rugby club back to life.
This show about valley life celebrates the best bits of being part of small, claustrophobic, meddling, loving, nosey community in South Wales. Rhys catapults his audience back to the hot summer of 1977 – where everyone was wearing polyester and dancing to Donna Summer. This show transports you to a time and place where Rhys isn’t from, and neither are you, so it’s kinda a fairytale, but set in a rugby club.
Rhys Slade–Jones is a performance maker who enjoys making art that’s fun, silly and messy and engages with issues that affect them as a Welsh, working-class queer artist. Their practice is based on their desire to be Michael Ball but with none of his God-given showmanship.
The Land of My Fathers and Mothers (extract) was part of PUG#5 at Tyneside Irish Centre 26 April 2018.