Newport actor-playwright Daniel Llewelyn-Williams brings show on Harry Houdini to city

South Wales Argus: Newport actor-playwright Daniel Llewelyn-Williams brings show on Harry Houdini to city Newport actor-playwright Daniel Llewelyn-Williams brings show on Harry Houdini to city

NEWPORT-BORN playwright and West End actor Daniel Llewelyn-Williams returns home this month with a one-man show drawing on the true story of the great llusionist Harry Houdini’s visits to the city.

He is the sole writer, producer and performer of his new play, A Regular Little Houdini, which is set in the heart of Pillgwenlly.

Mr Llewelyn-Williams, who played Robin Hood in 2012’s Riverfront pantomime, said: “I’ve wanted to write a play about Newport for years. My dad’s family are all from Pill and I’ve grown up around the stories of the docks.”

The play, which is his first, is set in the docks between 1905 and 1913; the two occasions that Houdini visited Newport.

“He was a PR Genius,” said Mr Llewelyn-Williams, who plays all seven characters in the play. “He got himself deliberately arrested and locked in a cell in Pill police station and when he managed to break free the reporters were all there waiting.

The production comes to the city’s The Riverfront theatre on January 23-25 with fiddle player Meg Cox, of St Julian’s, will be performing the music. Tickets start at £8.

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8:48am Wed 8 Jan 14

fieldsof fields says...

Houdini did not get himself arrested in order to escape the police cell, it was a pre-arranged stunt.

Can meaning escape from these shackled words? please straight Get facts your.
Houdini did not get himself arrested in order to escape the police cell, it was a pre-arranged stunt. Can meaning escape from these shackled words? please straight Get facts your. fieldsof fields
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10:05am Wed 8 Jan 14

Mickel says...

he did fall foul of the law in Newport later on in his career for jumping off the bridge, but they declined to put him in the cells (presumably because it seemed rather pointless given his earlier stunt). Perhaps they got the two events mixed up?

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has a nice summary of his time in Newport.
he did fall foul of the law in Newport later on in his career for jumping off the bridge, but they declined to put him in the cells (presumably because it seemed rather pointless given his earlier stunt). Perhaps they got the two events mixed up? https://opac.newport .gov.uk/iguana/www.m ain.cls?surl=LIONNNH H has a nice summary of his time in Newport. Mickel
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11:20am Thu 9 Jan 14

broadsworddan says...

fieldsof fields wrote:
Houdini did not get himself arrested in order to escape the police cell, it was a pre-arranged stunt.

Can meaning escape from these shackled words? please straight Get facts your.
Why don't you come and see the show? The facts are all there. This is a newspaper article which is simplifying the facts. If you want to criticise, see the material first. If you like Newport history, you will love the show.
[quote][p][bold]fieldsof fields[/bold] wrote: Houdini did not get himself arrested in order to escape the police cell, it was a pre-arranged stunt. Can meaning escape from these shackled words? please straight Get facts your.[/p][/quote]Why don't you come and see the show? The facts are all there. This is a newspaper article which is simplifying the facts. If you want to criticise, see the material first. If you like Newport history, you will love the show. broadsworddan
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