Rob Brydon to star in Grand Theatre show in aid of Treat Trust Wales
COMEDY star Rob Brydon will put a Swansea charity in the spotlight when he stages a special performance in the city's Grand Theatre next month.
The Baglan funnyman is patron of Treat Trust Wales, which aims to develop a multi-million-pound therapy centre in the grounds of Morriston Hospital.
Tickets go on sale this week for the one-night-only An Evening with Rob Brydon on Monday, April 22, including a limited number of VIP packages that are sure to be in hot demand.
Rob explained that the idea came from a conversation he had with Treat founder Melanie Davies a few years ago while he was in Swansea during a book tour.
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"We decided to put an evening on, with the proceeds going to Treat," he said.
"It has taken a time to find a date, but it's in the diary now and I am looking forward to it.
"Treat is such a good cause. That's why I became a patron, because I wanted to support it."
The evening promises to feature comedy musings, readings from Rob's best-selling autobiography Small Man In A Book and the odd musical interlude.
"It will be a friendly, funny evening but people shouldn't come to it expecting a stand-up show," he said.
"It will be more intimate than that — by which I mean I'll be naked!"
Treat is spearheaded by Melanie Davies, who broke her back in a Port Talbot motorbike accident more than 30 years ago, and her retired surgeon husband Mike.
Later in life Melanie had breast cancer and it was while recovering that she came up with the idea for Treat, which aims to offer rehabilitation for people from all walks of life.
Its president is Port Talbot singing star Paul Potts, while joining Rob on the patrons' list are Michael Sheen, Kev Jones and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, to name but a few.
Melanie, who now lives with Mike near Pontardawe, said: "We are absolutely thrilled Rob is doing this for us.
"It's fantastic that we have high-profile patrons who will do this sort of thing for us.
"With this show, Rob is really putting Treat Trust Wales in the spotlight."