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Chair of Arts Council of Wales ‘desperately saddened’ at death of Frank Vickery

The Arts Council of Wales’ Chair today expressed his deep sadness at the news of the death of Frank Vickery, the eminent playwright and actor from the Rhondda Valley. 20 Jun 2018

Commenting today, Phil George, Chair, Arts Council of Wales, said:
"We were desperately saddened to hear of the death of Frank Vickery. Frank’s roots were deep in the soil of the Rhondda and he was very proud of those roots, having been educated in Treorchy and starting to write plays while still at school.


"He had a distinctive Welsh voice and was long a champion of Welsh theatre, while being equally attuned to universal themes. Some years ago for example, he performed to great acclaim in two Shakespearean plays, Cymbeline and Twelfth Night, under the direction of Michael Bogdanov, but in stark contrast, he may best be remembered for his annual performances as a pantomime dame!


"His mercurial sense of humour and sure touch in giving voice to valleys communities marked Frank out as an important and respected figure in Welsh theatre. One of Wales’ most popular and prolific writers, with over 30 plays to his name, he will be sorely missed."

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