Novello & Son Rosamund Shelley A selection of Ivor Novello's best-loved songs and his doting mother to sing them – a simple enough idea … except nothing can ever be simple when Madame Clara Novello Davies takes centre stage. Indomitable, impetuous, with an ego the size of the Ritz, her genius for choral music had once wonher international acclaim. But it’s 1938 and those days are long past – not that Ivor could ever persuade her of that. With their relationship at (yet another) crisis point, this funny and at times poignant drama sees Clara struggle to come to terms with a world that has lost interest in her kind of music and fallen head-over-heels for her son. As she sings his songs and dutifully sings his praises, she finds herself re-living the traumas of a remarkable life that took her from a suburb in Cardiff to the epicentre of London’s Theatreland. ABOUT THE PERFORMER Ros trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She made her West End debut as Maria in West Side Story, and subsequently played Laurie in Oklahoma for a year at The Palace Theatre in London. Ros has toured nationally and internationally, and worked with, among others, the RSC, Bristol Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre Wales, WNO, Sherman Cymru, Theatr Pena and Music Theatre London. Favourite roles include Lady Macbeth, Hecuba and Mrs Higgins. Most recently on TV she played Cynthia in Nice Day for a Welsh Wedding and Krone in Young Dracula. Films include Falstaff (Meg); and she has recorded CDs of Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen songs with Christopher Littlewood.