Funny and Hopeful Play Set In Newport To Make Sherman Debut

How My Light Is Spent, a new play by Cardiff-based playwright Alan Harris makes its Welsh premiere at Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre next week.  

Starring Welsh actors Rhodri Meilir and Alexandria Riley, How My Light Is Spent is Harris’s follow up to 2016’s Love Lies and Taxidermy which proved to be a hit with audiences in Cardiff and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Similarly, How My Light Is Spent is a funny, hopeful play. Every Wednesday evening, Jimmy calls Kitty. For precisely nine minutes. At £1.20 a minute. Jimmy is 36, lives with his mum and works at Newport’s only drive-through doughnut restaurant. Kitty is a phone sex worker living in the granny flat of a topiary enthusiast. Things were looking up for Jimmy when he met Kitty for the first time, but then he loses his job at the drive-in and starts to feel a strange tingling in his fingers. 

Rhodri Meilir is one of the most recognisable Welsh actors in TV and Film and takes on the role of Jimmy.  He is well known for his role in the long-running and much-loved sitcom My Family. His extensive work for television includes Afterlife, Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather and Doctor Who.

Playing the role of Kitty is Newport born actress Alexandria Riley who graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2016.  Among her radio credits are BBC Radio 4’s The Wide Sargasso Sea, BBC Radio Wales’ Britt-Marie was Here and appearing alongside John Barrowman and Eve Myles in the Big Finish audio production, Torchwood: Aliens Among Us.

How My Light Is Spent runs at The Sherman Theatre from May 16-27. Visit for ticket details