Playwright Frank Vickery talks with MARK REES ahead of his wartime play at the Swansea Grand Theatre next week.
EGARDLESS of the subject matter, you can always be guaranteed of one thing with a Frank Vickery production — a good, hearty chuckle.
"It's set in Rhondda in 1942," says Frank of his upcoming WWII play All's Fair.
"It's a nice little period piece. And yes, there's a lot of laughter. It's a trip down memory lane, especially for those in their 60s and 70s."
Not that the younger generation won't enjoy it as well, of course.
"It's very much for all ages," explains Frank.
"I wrote it 25 years ago, and it's been used in classes to teach history. They've studied the script in school, and acted parts of it out."
In fact, Frank had to study himself before writing the piece to get all his facts in order.
"I spoke to my mother about it, who's 92 now," he says.
"She told me about when they couldn't afford stockings, so they used gravy browning, and eyebrow pencil to draw the line at the back.
"And the American soldiers did come here, with St Athan just over the way.
In fact, the lead role is an American, played by an actor from much closer to home.
"It's a love story, and the American is played by a Swansea boy, Jason Mark Williams. He's very, very good."
Frank won't be performing on stage himself during this production but, following a stint in Peter Pan this Christmas, he will be returning to the Swansea stage in 2014 with one of his much-loved roles in Family Planning.
"People say to me, 'is that the one where you never leave the stage?' Yes it is! Even during the interval I'm still there, falling out of bed and things!" he laughs.
AT: Swansea Grand Theatre
ON: Tuesday, November 5 — Saturday, November 9, 7.30pm, Sat 2pm and 8pm