Rhys J Edwards
In 2014, Rhys graduated from Cardiff University where he studied BA Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. A year later he was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to study a Master’s degree in Text and Performance. At RADA, Rhys trained as a writer, while also studying practical approaches to acting and directing. This course also offered the opportunity to study academic interpretations of play texts and various theatrical performances at Birkbeck College, University of London.
His most recent project is Forgetting Heledd, a new production which is playing at the RADA Festival and the Camden Fringe Festival in Summer 2019. The play is a brutally honest and darkly comic account of a Welsh teenager whose dreams are hindered by her commitments to her mother, who has early-onset dementia. Inspired by real-life accounts, the play highlights the struggles of young carers but finds joy in the face of tragedy, celebrating the endurance of an incredible young woman caught up in circumstances beyond her control.
Prior to this, Rhys has written and directed various projects in theatre and audio drama. He made his debut at the RADA Festival in 2017 with Not John, a one-man show which transferred to Theatr Micheal Sheen in Cardiff later that year. He adapted Alexandre Dumas’ classic thriller The Count of Monte Cristo for the stage in 2015. This production played at venues both in Cardiff and at the Spotlites Theatre, Merchants Hall as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. This production followed his success with a sell-out one-act play Insane Assumptions, that was performed in conjunction with a Cancer Research charity event in 2013.
He has also written numerous episodes of Radio Cardiff soap Sophia Square (2012-2014), for which he is also credited as co-creator. He also created the four part radio drama The Pinnacle (2015).
Following graduation from RADA in 2017, Rhys was selected by award-winning writer and film director Tom Hunsinger to join his Advanced Writers Group, which he attends regularly to meet with like-minded writers to develop new projects.