Return to roots for Llandyll

Llandyll (left) is pictured with some of his fellow T-Birds in the touring production of Grease.'Contributed photograph
Llandyll (left) is pictured with some of his fellow T-Birds in the touring production of Grease.'Contributed photograph

THE SONG Shop’s forthcoming production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ will be given a professional touch with the addition to the cast of performer Llandyll Gove.

A former Song Shop student and teacher, Llandyll is presently touring the country with the professional production of Grease, and recently covered the role of Roger on several occasions. A week’s break in his busy schedule before three weeks performing in Leicester has allowed him to take the comedy role of the Valet in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ which will allow him to stretch his acting, singing and dancing skills. Along with the pantomime dame, he will provide much of the humour in the production.

Llandyll’s last appearance with Song Shop was in the Montrose theatre arts school’s 2008 production of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’.

Song Shop founder Fraser McGlynn said: “We are delighted that Llandyll is able to take part in our production. The break in his schedule was too good an opportunity to miss.

“He worked hard through his training and has been employed as a performer since he left college. He sets a wonderful example for younger performers.”

With a script written for a professional production, the pantomime is traditional in nature, with humour for adults and children. It has audience participation in abundance, and is peppered with songs old and new, to cater for a wide range of tastes. The wardrobe team has worked tirelessly to create bright, original costumes for the army of performers.

As well as performing on stage, Llandyll also composes his own music and last year collaborated on ‘Here, on the Horizon’ with writing partner Ian McIntosh, released the finished four-track album last July after around five months writing and recording.

With no record company support, they launched the album on iTunes and relied on word of mouth and publicising it through social networking websites Facebook and Twitter.

The album follows the release at the end of 2010 of Llandyll’s Christmas charity CD ‘Season of Hope’ which he recorded to support Angus dance charity Showcase the Street, for whom he used to work, as well as the local fund set up to help local boy Rhys Allan.

He decided to support Rhys’s fund after reading in the Review about the family’s bid to take the four-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, to Germany for stem-cell treatment.

The CD featured two original Christmas carols composed for a competition run by Montrose and District Choral Society and his work won his age groups in both 2008 and 2009 and were performed at the society’s annual Christmas concerts.

Tickets for Sleeping Beauty, which will be staged in the town hall from Tuesday, December 4 to Saturday, December 8 are selling well and are available from Henry Hogg’s Newsagent on the High Street, or The Song Shop on 01674 673236.