Frank Vickery - Panto Dame

Frank Vickery

A celebration of the life of theatre legend Frank Vickery, who sadly died in 2018 after a short illness, takes place at the Park & Dare Theatre in Treorchy tonight (Wednesday).

Rhondda-born Frank performed countless times at his local Park & Dare, a place he enjoyed visiting as a child. It is therefore fitting that the Let’s Be Frank tribute show takes place there exactly one year to the day of his passing.

Let’s Be Frank, RCT Theatre’s tribute to the local valley legend, is at the Park & Dare Theatre, tonight. Book your last-minute tickets now

It promises to be a night of comedy, music, laughter and tears as everyone celebrates the life and career of Frank Vickery.

The special evening, an emotional journey through some of Frank’s best-loved dramas and his most iconic shows, features a host of special guests and will be packed with emotion, music and performances.

Councillor Rhys Lewis, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-Being and Cultural Services, said: “Frank was a leading light in the Welsh entertainment industry for many years and this show will be a fitting tribute to the man who had such a special place in all of our hearts.

“Frank had a passion for writing and performing all of his life and his shows at both the Park & Dare Theatre and Coliseum Theatre were legendary and entertained generations.  Now, through ‘Let’s Be Frank’, Frank’s story will continue to do so for future generations. 

“His contribution to theatre in Wales cannot be under-stated, Frank was both extremely talented and humble and this performance will be a time to remember him fondly – a great man who brought smiles to the faces of many people.”

During his successful career, Frank wrote 28 plays - and starred in most of them – regularly appearing at both the Park & Dare Theatre in Treorchy and the Coliseum Theatre in Aberdare. 

He was also a regular star of RCT Theatres annual pantomime during the festive season, last appearing as Widow Twankey in Aladdin alongside Maxwell James in the title role. 

Born in Blaencwm in 1951, Frank started writing while at school, and at the age of 15 left his education behind to start work in a local factory and then on the local buses.

However, he never lost his passion for writing and had his first success at the age of 21 with his debut comedy After I'm Gone. He went on to win many awards as both a playwright and an actor and remained a passionate supporter of amateur dramatics.

His association with RCT Theatres dates back to the early 1990s when they first staged his play Erogenous Zones to a sold out Coliseum Theatre.

His other self-penned productions include See You Tomorrow, Tonto Evans, Amazing Grace, Granny Annie, Loose Ends, A Night on the Tiles, Roots and Wings, Family Planning, Trivial Pursuits and Tonto Evans.

Full of mischief, Frank made the traditional Panto Dame his own from the moment he walked onstage in his outrageous costumes and his bright pink Dr Marten boots, and uttered his immortal words “Hiya Love.”

Frank wrote extensively for theatre, television and radio, becoming a household name. He once famously said that he had no better thrill than sitting in the audience of one of his plays and hearing the laughter from the crowd.

‘Frank Vickery made us all laugh for over 50 years. He will never be forgotten’

Let’s Br Frank! The Frank Vickery Tribute Show, is at the Park & Dare Theatre, Treorchy, tonight (Wednesday, June 19) at 7.30pm. For further details or to book tickets visit www.rct-theatres.co.uk 

Posted on Wednesday 19th June 2019

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