My name is Rhys Slade-Jones, I was born in the Rhondda valley, so were my parents, so were their parents. The mines closed in the eighties, and now after a decade of austerity so have the libraries, swimming pools and hospitals too.
In the summer of 1977 in Treherbert Rugby Club, amongst the fag smoke and the singing, my parents fell in love.
And this year I will be taking my show The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The show is my love letter to my local rugby club, and to all the people who drink there.
I am the recipient of the COMMON AWARD, in association with COMMON and The Pleasance Theatre trust. An award set up to support a working class artist taking work to Edinburgh. I've been hugely fortunate to have amazing organisation supporting me, but I still need a little help to make sure I can do the festival without having to sell a kidney to do so.
I'm hoping all the times I've bought the rounds will have some cosmic benefit and that I will be able to ask you lovely lot to raise £800.
That £800 means that I can pay for my accommodation without having to worry about it. And worrying is never a good thing to do.
It means I can focus on doing the show the best I can. And to make sure the whole festival will know how amazing it is to dance on the same dance floor my parents fell in love on.
GIVING MEANS GIFTS
If you give £5 you get - Signed photograph of me. (Not framed. Not my actual Signature)
If you Give £10 you get - Signed photograph of me
Oh she's a crafty queen!
If you give £20 you get - An original collage
If you give £30 you get - An original cross stitch cushion cover
If you give £50 you get - A crochet poster
If you give £100 - you get everything, plus a cover of any Tom Jones or Shirley Bassey song covered and sent privately to your inbox
If you give £300 you get - TATTOO of you name in the thank you section of my left thigh. Think how close we'll be. Forever.