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Rachel Trezise


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Edited with an introduction by John McGrath


"You just know it’s going to be one of those nights.
She’s on the change. I’m on my period.
Hormonal teenager and neurotic mother under one terraced roof? My father’s got a word for it: Tonypandemonium."


Tonypandemonium is the first play by critically acclaimed and Dylan Thomas Prize winner Rachel Trezise. The play debuted in October 2013 on the occasion of the centenary year of the Park & Dare Theatre in Treorchy.


“A raucous, raunchy, hilarious and
heartbreaking account of a daughter’s fraught,
decade-spanning relationship with her beautiful,
fun-loving and alcoholic mother”.

                   National Theatre Wales

“A terrifically powerful event...
...truly an immersive theatrical experience which I
will never forget...
...a feat of modern playwriting brilliance”.

                   South Wales Echo

“A powerful and raw drama... a heartfelt, well
crafted and brave piece of work”.

                   Western Mail

Rachel Trezise was born in the Rhondda valley in 1978. She graduated in Journalism and English in 2000 and her semiautobiographical novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl was published the same year, winning a place on the Oranges Future List, 2001.
Her second book, a short story collection called Fresh Apples, was published in 2005 and won the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006. Other titles include Dial M for Merthyr, part reportage, part social history and part memoir, and Sixteen Shades of Crazy (2010). Cosmic Latte, Rachel’s second collection of short stories, was launched in 2013, along with her first play Tonypandemonium.