‘Vivacious and utterly engaging… There is not a breath out of place in this totally absorbing script, the attention to detail is masterly’ –What’s On Stage
‘Fascinating… a vivid picture of the way sex relieves the monotony of small-town life’ –The Guardian
‘An inordinately clever little piece… one has the peculiar sense that it is the words themselves that are leading the action onwards… The Welsh Boy is a seriously class act’ –The Telegraph
The Welsh Boy is a scintillating rediscovery of one of the hidden gems of eighteenth-century literature and brings back to life a true story of passionate love and outrageous sexual scandal in the sleepy provincial town of Ross-on-Wye.
James Parry is blessed with a wonderful singing voice that has allowed him to escape his humble origins in South Wales. Mary Powell is the richest heiress in the district – also its loveliest, and its most daring. When Mary engages James as her music master their lessons at the spinet turn into tutorials in the most heavenly pleasures. But love is one thing, sex another and marriage yet a third.
Over a fifty-year career, Julian Mitchell has written novels, plays for stage and television, and films. His best known stage play is Another Country, and his most recent film was Wilde. He has won numerous prizes for writing in various genres. He is also a local historian and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.