In The VIP Welsh film and theatre icon Richard Burton is trapped at a fog-bound Heathrow Airport in 1968 shortly after finishing filming Where Eagles Dare. He is haunted by visions of his wives Sybil and Elizabeth Taylor; his drinking companions Dylan Thomas and Peter O'Toole and his miner father. Has Burton sacrificed his considerable talent for the tarnished glory of fame, fortune and love?
Roy Smiles plays include Ying Tong - A Walk with The Goons, Pythonesque, Kurt & Sid and Year Of The Rat (all published by Oberon Books), Stand Up, Bombing People, Schmucks, Lunatics' Tango, The Last Pilgrim, Roberto Calvi Is Alive & Well and The Promised Land. He has won two Guinness Fringe Awards and was short-listed for Best Play at the Off West Awards in 2001. He had a writing attachment to the National Theatre in 2001. His book on comic influences: Funny People is also published by Oberon Books.