Students bring the life of rugby legend Grav to the stage
YSGOL y Strade students will be celebrating the life of Welsh rugby legend Ray Gravell in their annual play this November.
Memorable tales of the rugby union centre have been adapted for stage, and pupils are busy rehearsing for performances in the next fortnight.
Drama teacher Nia Griffith said the cast was incredibly excited to be taking part.
"At first they weren't too keen on turning his story into a musical," she explained.
"They were more interested in performing a traditional musical such as Grease."
But after reading the script, she said the children were more than enthusiastic.
The play documents a father telling his son the story of Ray's life, while students act out the most memorable scenes.
"This arrangement gave lots of students the opportunity to have lines and make themselves feel more part of the performance," Nia said.
Although she said they did have difficulty deciding which particular moments to include.
"Grav had such a varied and fascinating career, that included not only rugby, but his love and support of the Welsh language, his broadcasting and acting.
"We had double the amount of stories we needed!"
Grav played for Llanelli a total of 485 times in his career, as well as enjoying success with both Wales and the British and Irish Lions between 1970 to 1985.
But on retirement he became a broadcaster for Radio Cymru and was interested in a huge variety of music. This meant finding the perfect songs for the stage was easy enough the drama teacher added.
"Grav enjoyed and understood both traditional and modern music so we have incorporated a variety of both into the play."
The aim of the production was to convey all aspects of his career and in particular, his focus on raising awareness of diabetes.
"I'm hoping that through their work, the students have been made aware of Ray's good nature and bring that into their lives."
The drama teacher explained how important it was to keep Ray's family in mind.
"I hope the play does his story justice," she said.
"More than anything I want his wife Mari and their girls to enjoy it and feel that we have done him proud."
The show will take place at Ffwrnes from November 13 to 15.