Wednesday , June 16 2021

Great hope star Robert Blet died

The prizes were paid to Robert Bleete, the actor and star of the Welsh City Hall High Hopes, who died after a long illness.

Born and raised in Port Talbot, "Bob" was trained as an actor at the London Art Education Fund.

His theatrical work includes repertoire seasons at the Hemmarket Theater, Leicester, Liverpool House and the Connaught Theater, Vorting, as well as the Sherman Theater in Cardiff and the Swansea Grand Theater.

He also worked at the Royal People's Theater, looking at Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2, Henry V, Molly's House of Mother Earth and Under the Milk Tree.

His television work included "Bill", "Little Britain", "Accidental" and "Miter killings".

He was also an associate of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, where his credits include Equus, King Lear, One Flew Over the Nest of Cuckoo and inspector calls.

Actor Christian Patterson, who was part of the original Clwyd Theatr Cymru company together with Bob in 1997, said: "Bob was a wonderful actor and a wonderful person.

"I have been playing with him in many productions, and he was an incredibly funny person. You know if you will be in his company, you will laugh hysterically.

"He was the type of person who would buy a watch from a man in the pub, and then I wonder why he broke a week later. He was just a clapper.

"He was a good, good, dear man".

In high hopes, Blyth played "Fagin" HeppleBattle in the fictional South Wales village of Cwm-Pen-Ol, known for his indecent business ventures, and helped by two boys, one played by actor Steven Meo.

Stephen, who is also a collaborator with Clwyd Theatr Cymru where he shares scenes with Blyth in the "Take The Shroud", said: "What a man, he was sick for a long time, but when you hear the news, the wind still needs you sails.

"He was really easy to laugh, and the laughter was always close to the surface with him.

"He was great fun, and together, we were always the last to leave the party.

"I had some of the best years of my life working with him. High hopes were brilliant, and he was a brilliant man and I'll miss him."

Bob Blut, second to left in the second row of the bottom, and the original theater company "The Clavid Theater", which together with the artistic director Terry Hands in 1997

Theater Quiddus, on the other hand, wrote on Twitter: "It is with great regret that we learn about the passing of our dear friend Bob Bletet.

"Bob was a wonderful actor who performed our scenes over the past forty years. It was a real privilege to work with him, and our thoughts are with his family."

Actor and director Craig Russell, who also appeared with Bob at high hopes, added: "I appeared on the show along with Bob, I knew him well.

"He was quite unique and so much fun to be around.

"He once told me how he and his friend drove from Port Talbot to help Aberfan, right after the disaster that happened."

Mr Blythe was married twice, and had two daughters and two sons.

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