Playgoers Applaud Rhian’s £13,000 Charity Trek up Kilamanjaro

October 3, 2011
Playgoers Applaud Rhian’s £13,000 Charity Trek

Fund-raiser Rhian with members of the cast of ‘Humble Boy’ (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL

A leading light with Newport Playgoers has raised £13,000 for Velindre Hospital – by swapping her greasepaint for walking boots and climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Rhian Mitchell raised the last £1,000 with a collection at Playgoers’ recent production of ‘FawltyTowers’, and members of the cast of their latest  presentation, ‘Humble Boy’, took time out from rehearsals to congratulate her.

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

Rhian practises a romantic moment with fellow Playgoer Chris Powell in ‘Humble Boy’ (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“So many people know someone –  family friends or colleagues – who have been affected by cancer and have benefited from Velindre Hospital, so it seemed like a really good charity to support,” said Rhian, who lives in Usk. “I plan to do it again in a couple of years time, and raise even more money for this very worthy cause.” 

The cast of ‘Humble Boy’, a modern take on ‘Hamlet’ set in a English country garden took a moment from rehearsals to congratulate Rhian on her achievement. Rhian can be seen playing the part of Rosie in the play at the Dolman Theatre from 11 – 15 October. Tickets can be booked by phoning the box office on 01633 263670 or visiting

‘Humble Boy’ is the bees’ knees!

September 20, 2011
Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

Sue Morgan as Mercy, Chris Powell as Felix and Rosematy Bissex as Flora (Photo:Phil Mansell)

Set in an English country garden, ‘Humble Boy’ by Charlotte Jones is a fresh take on Hamlet with its melancholic main character, Felix Humble, an ill-adjusted, inadequate astro- physicist whose attempts to conceive a general theory of everything have come to nothing.

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

'Humble Boy' takes place in the not so tranquil setting of an English country garden (Photo:Phil Mansell)

He returns to his late father’s Cotswold garden to find his beloved bees have disappeared and his mother preparing to re-marry a man totally unlike her late husband.

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

Felix (Chris Powell) shows the contents of his urn to Rosie (Rhian Mitchell) (Photo:Phil Mansell)

 James Humble had been an unassuming biology teacher with a passion for the quiet pastimes of gardening and beekeeping; boyfriend George Pye is a brash and randy entrepreneur with a taste for big band music.

Newport Playgoers present 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones

Rosie (Rhian Mitchell) shows her true feelings for bumbling Felix (Chris Powell) (Photo:Phil Mansell)

Chris Powell plays Felix, a cumbersome, tongue-tied figure who cannot stumble across a garden hose without using it to illustrate the finer points of string theory before twisting it into a noose.

In this gently observant play, writer Charlotte Jones’s manages to combine complex science with acute, comic characterisations that echo Tom Stoppard at his finest.