Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Proudly Sponsor the One-Man-Show Celebrating the Life of Ray Gravell


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has taken on the role of ‘Head Coach’ as the Torch Theatre take the field with their one-man show celebrating the life of one of Wales’s most loved rugby players, Ray Gravell.

The performance, called ‘Grav’, focuses on the larger-than-life player known to millions for his legendary exploits on the rugby field. In addition, he was an actor, a cultural icon and a man with a life packed full of stories. The production celebrates all aspects of his life.

Ray was part of the Llanelli side that famously beat New Zealand in 1972 during the All Blacks' tour of Britain. Three years later, in January 1975, the fiercely patriotic individual made his Wales debut. He won 23 caps for his country and made the 1980 Lions tour to South Africa, playing in all four Tests. Ray was made an Honorary Fellow of UWTSD in 2004.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWTSD said:

“UWTSD is delighted to sponsor this show. Ray Gravell was an ambassador for West Wales, the Welsh language and rugby. Born and bred in Mynnydd-y-Garreg, Ray was passionate about his homeland, famously quoting ‘west is best.’”   

Following the performances at The Torch between the 4th and 14th of February, ‘Grav’ will go on a 19 date tour of Wales. For more information about venues and dates visit

The play is written by Owen Thomas and directed by Peter Doran, with actor Gareth Bale playing the lead role as Grav. With the blessing of Mari, Ray’s widow, and contributions from his Welsh and British Lions team mates, this one man show will explore the life of a man who was as fascinating away from the rugby field as he was on it.

Note to Editor

1.    For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at

2.    The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University

3.    The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University

4.    On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014