Actor and playwright Daniel Llewelyn-Williams is a master storyteller. He is able to vividly paint a picture of early 1900′s dock life in Newport Wales. Despite the hardships and struggles this life imposes, Llewelyn-Williams’ character Alan Williams presents the indefatigable spirit of a young boy caught up in his dreams of becoming an escape-ologist like his hero Harry Houdini. While the show does contain a few well-done magic tricks and Houdini’s influence plays a big part on this boy’s life, in the end, this is not a play about magic. It is about escaping from a life of hardship and poverty. As the audience is skillfully led through Alan’s own adventures and mishaps of childhood, an unimaginable tragedy strikes and Alan is forced to set his dreams aside for practicality. There are several gasp out loud moments and you just might cry. You will definitely laugh and with Llewelyn-Williams’ rich descriptions and lyric Welsh/Irish brogue, you will be transported across the sea to another time. This is a must see!
Hear more about this play in episode 10 of the See It or Skip It podcast.