Rhodri Meilir and Alexandria Riley are to star in Alan Harris' 2015 Bruntwood Prize-winning play

A funny, hopeful play about friendship, loneliness, longing and being left behind HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT won a Judges Award in the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2015, Europe’s largest playwriting competition.

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.

We're delighted to announce Rhodri Meilir as Jimmy & Alexandria Riley as Kitty. 


Rhodri is well known for his role in the long-running and much-loved sitcom MY FAMILY. His film credits include Matthew Warchus’s hugely popular PRIDE. His extensive work for television includes AFTERLIFE, Terry Pratchett’s HOGFATHER, DOCTOR WHO, Y PRIS, CAERDYDD, TEULU, TIPYN O STAD, CYW and Y GWYl. Rhodri received a BAFTA nomination for his performance in the lead role of Trefor in GWLAD Y ASTRAD GWYN in 2013. Rhodri has been most recently seen on TV in BYW CELWYDD. 

Rhodri has worked regularly on stage for companies including HOME Manchester, Liverpool Everyman, National Theatre Wales, Theatr Bara Caws and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

RileyAlexandriaWebsiteAlexandria Riley graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2016. Born in Newport, where the play is set, Alex’s professional credits include the Sherman Theatre production of ALL THAT I AM which was performed by the Richard Burton Company as part of NEW: 2016 at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Gate Theatre, London. Her other credits include THE WILD SARGASSO SEA (BBC Radio Wales), BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE (BBC Radio), alongside Pippa Haywood and a lead role in a well-known radio series soon to be announced. 

She recently received a five star review in The Stage for her role as Camae in THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall at The Other Room, Cardiff which is due to tour in October 2017, a play which she has also received a best actress nomination for in the Wales Theatre Awards.

HOW MY LIGHT IS SPENT receives its world premiere at the Royal Exchange Theatre 24 April - 13 May. It transfers to the Sherman Theatre 16 – 27 May, and finally opens at the Theatre by the Lake from 31 May – 24 June.