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54 Entertainment The Mousetrap: Tickets would be a brilliant Christmas present

part to play because he’s a charming villain, he’s quite enigmatic and he’s concealing a lot. He teases the inspector quite a lot and so you can have fun in the play with that aspect. “People forget, it’s not just a

good thriller, but it’s written to be something that’s very funny as well. Part farce, part thriller and in the mix, a psychological drama. Together, all of these elements have made it so successful to date. “Visiting every venue throughout

the tour has been fantastic. I don’t even think the producer thought it would be as successful as it has been! People keep asking for it back and have recommended it through word of mouth, for example, so it has proved to be very popular.” They performed in front of 2,500

people a night in Liverpool, which was ‘just extraordinary really’ according to the actor. “Within my acting career, I like


as the summer draws to an end, a thought that may cross your mind over the coming weeks is what to get as a present for your loved ones. This year, look no further than

tickets to see ‘The Mousetrap’ at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from December 5 – 10. As many of us know, ‘The

Mousetrap’ is a classic creation of Dame Agatha Christie and has successfully held a reputation worldwide for being

Rhian Boyt

Ceredigion Reporter

the longest running show in British theatre. Now, for the first time ever, the

production hits the road on a UK tour and is celebrating 60 outstanding years!

Suitable for Agatha Christie fans

and theatre fanatics, the entertaining thriller sets the scene for a group of people who are thrown together in

a country house. This would not be a Christie tale without murder and mystery as the group find themselves trapped in the house from the snow, with a murderer amongst them. The question is, who could the murderer be? It is from the discovery that we, along with the other characters, learn about each of their sordid pasts and hidden agendas. Before ‘The Mousetrap’ lands at

Aberystwyth Arts Centre in December, The Herald speaks to Gregory Cox, who plays Mr Paravicini, about the production and his extensive theatrical career: “Being a part of The Mousetrap has been a lovely profile for me. I performed in it at the West End in 2013 and now on the road since January, when we opened up in Nottingham. “Mr Paravicini is a fantastic

the changes that performing brings and I also like doing something very microscopic for roles. “I have had a wide variety of

television roles and when you are working with a camera, you find it to be a much closer environment.” Gregory Cox performed in the

latest episode of ‘Poirot’, with David Suchet, and he joked that Agatha Christie has been ‘very good to him over the years’. “I would love to do more Agatha

Christie work in the future. Even though Mr Suchet did all of the stories in ‘Poirot’, you can always return to them because they have an enduring appeal.” Talking about his upcoming

performance at the Arts Centre, he added: “In December, the people of Aberystwyth can look forward to my character being a classic, shady


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foreigner which you often get in some of the Agatha Christie plays. Mr Paravicini conceals a lot and it’s interesting to find out what he is concealing. He’s stuck in the guest house with all of the other eight characters and his journey is quite an interesting one. “Mr Paravicini is not as much

of a big character, like Mollie or the Sergeant for example, but he has some fantastic moments. As a writer, Agatha Christie writes so well for actors. Every single one has a great crack of the whip, in a sense, as they gradually reveal a little bit of what’s going on.” He went on to discuss the diverse

selection of roles he has played in the past: “As an actor, I have received interesting character roles ever since I trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School back in the 70s. “There was a really good

generation of actors at that time, such as Amanda Redman and Daniel Day Lewis, who was the year below me, so it was fantastic. “I was never a pretty boy and I

was always playing different types of characters- maybe that’s come to the fore now that I’m playing someone like Paravicini. He’s an old charmer but can turn in a second and can be frightening, and even frightens Mollie quite a lot during the play. “I would love to do some more

Agatha Christie work on television because I love her writing, but it’s up to my agent now of course.” Finally, he said: “We finish

‘The Mousetrap’ in Aberystwyth in December, so I would love for people to come and see me in the last few weeks of performing Mr Paravicini.” To book tickets for ‘The

Mousetrap’, contact Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 01970 623232 or visit www.

Poetry nights are back AFTER the huge success of

Words&Words&Words last year, the innovative poetry and spoken word evening is back this September for its second season. Words&Words&Words built up a

poetry buzz last year and we cannot wait for its 2016-17 schedule, starting on Wednesday (Sept 21) at 7.45pm. The September session has a

visual twist and features invited poets David Greenslade, Nicky Arscott, Katya Johnson and more. David Greenslade has many

books in print including non-fiction, children’s stories, poetry, one novel, essays and short stories, and has written numerous articles, journalism, gallery notes, reviews and essays. He was the founder of both the

St. David’s Welsh Society of Georgia, USA and the Welsh Language Monitor. His work has featured in literary

and popular magazines, has been filmed and broadcast and increasingly includes collaborators from other media. Nicky Arscott is a poet and

artist who lives and works near Machynlleth. Her work combines visual art and poetry, often taking the form of a ‘poem comic’. Her poem comics have been

published by Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review, and Bat City Review (USA). Nicky has exhibited in Texas,

Hereford and London, including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and was a winner at the Society of

Women Artists’ 150th anniversary exhibition. She was also artist in residence at Hay Festival in 2014. Katya Johnson is PhD candidate

in English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University. She has been published by a number of platforms including the Tate Modern and the Daily Express. Organised by Mary Jacob in

association with the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Words&Words&Words features invited guest poets and special slots in conjunction with literary journals such as Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review, Planet, and more. All types of poetry are welcome.

To perform at the open mic, please sign up at the Performance Studio at 6.30pm.

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