Friends, actors, countrymen!
It has been suggested that you would like to see a picture of me – Horatio Nelson – Llandovery Theatre Cat, so here it is!
Let me explain my portrait. It may look ancient – indeed the gentleman portrayed beside me was Earl of Southampton in 1603, but this is a copy painted in 2003 by Simon Barnes, my thespian, and in Simon’s copy shown here, I am the cat on the window-sill.
You will note it can be no cat but me! I am a cat with one eye only, my right eye is blind, an accident at birth! But, if you are fortunate to have sharp eyesight, you will see in the far corner of the painting, a picture of a little town, and its theatre, our Theatre in Llandovery, not the somewhat depressing picture of the Tower of London which was on the original!
The copy was made for the Theatre Youth Actors film production of The Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare, and it is the gentleman in my portrait who was patron of William Shakespeare – and also another poet named Barnabe Barnes.
So you see, my thespian Simon Barnes has several connections with this painting, and I feel certain if Southampton were alive today, he would be patron of the wonderful plays that Simon wrote, and his book Darkly flows the Taff, which we are about to publish.
For up to date information on the progress of Simon’s book, read my blog, or go to Llandovery Theatre Face Book.
Darkly Flows the Taff – publication date for e-book and paper-back December 7th 2015. Obtainable from Amazon.
I am Horatio Nelson – theatre cat – and these are my thoughts – from my window-sill. Thank you.