I have long been a fan of playwright Tennessee Williams.

His lyrical style of writing with his symbolism and metaphors are famous for depicting powerful, tragic and psychologically disturbed characters.

So I was thrilled to see a production on this week at Theatr Clwyd, Mold and jumped at the chance to see some live theatre again.

It was while reading Cat on a Hot Tin Roof many years ago that I discovered a new word- mendacity. I had never heard it before and quickly sought to discover its meaning, which is a fondness for lying!

Quite a pertinent topic in today's world of fake news and social media.

The play is set on a sweltering Mississippi night, and the lies of one family are as stifling as the heat.

Maggie has fought up from poverty, only to find herself in a passionless marriage. Her husband Brick Pollitt, a former pro footballer, drinks to drown out the hurt he has bottled up inside.

When the entire Pollitt family meet for Big Daddy’s 65th birthday, the claws are out. As shattering truths threaten to spiral out of control, the family fight to stop themselves from falling apart.

It is a story of family love and hope, quite apt for the recent times we have been living through.

I have watched the film version of the play starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman on many occasions so I was excited to see how it was going to be brought to life on stage.

It was wonderful to be back in a theatre watching the actors in action.

The cast comprises of Sam Alexander (Gooper), Teresa Banham (Big Mama), Peter Forbes (Big Daddy), Oliver Johnstone (Brick), Siena Kelly (Maggie), Suzette Llwellyn (Doc Baugh), Minal Patel (Reverend Tooker) and Shanaya Rafaat (Mae) all gave strong performances with their southern accents but for the me the stand out performances were from Peter Forbes as Big Daddy whose stage presence was powerful and Oliver Johnstone as Brick whose quiet portrayal of a fallen sports star was just as strong and a great counter balance to his father.

My one criticism has to be the staging. Without giving too much away I found the use of actors not directly involved in a scene quite distracting at the edge of the stage and to me it deflected from the difficult dialogue being exchanged centre stage. The language used by Williams is rich, fast paced and emotive and needs total concentration.

Perhaps I am too much of a traditionalist and its worth noting Anthony Almeida's, the directors's note that : "Junkyard fodder or pedestalled decoration would have been far from the chairmaker's original intention."

I would strongly recommend going to watch this latest production. The interaction between the cast is excellent and the chemistry between Maggie and Brick is palpable. This is a tale that will never date and we can all take something from it.

The show is a co-production by Curve, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and English Touring Theatre.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof will run until October 23, at Theatr Clwyd. Tickets are from £10. Booking available at Theatr Clwyd’s website theatrclwyd.com or by calling 01352 344101.