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Friday, September 30, 2022

The Famous Five review: forget shipwrecks and spies – the fate of humanity now lies in their hands by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatr Clwyd, MoldBrisk direction, plucky performances and complex lyrics propel this original adaptation, as the hunt for a source of renewable energy comes under threat To paraphrase that …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Friday, September 23, 2022

Othello review – taut update from the superb Watermill ensemble by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Watermill theatre, Newbury An excellent cast animate Karla Marie Sweet’s adaptation with a drilled menace, while contemporary songs are employed to remarkable effect Karla Marie Sweet’s …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:25AM
Thursday, July 21, 2022

Huno review – unnerving drama set in a waterlogged dystopia by Gareth Llŷr Evans

The Other Room, CardiffMelding ancient stories with current crises, Tamar Williams’s clever version of Branwen’s story from the Mabinogi is elegantly directed In a week when the climate …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33PM
Thursday, July 14, 2022

A Pretty Sh*tty Love review – powerful exploration of domestic abuse by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatr ClwydBoth actors excel in Katherine Chandler’s fictionalised account of the attempted murder of a Swansea woman in 2015 Carl walks into a cafe in Swansea where Hayley works as a wai…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Celebrated Virgins review – a loving tribute to the Ladies of Llangollen by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatr ClwydFifty years of a tender idyll are reimagined with dignity, grace – and the odd meta moment At the time of her death in 1829, at the grand age of 90, Eleanor Butler had been liv…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

A Hero of the People review – Ibsen watered down in Wales by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, CardiffWhile there are some strong performances and the conceit is intriguing, this modern-day version of the classic fails to convince Towards the end of Brad Birch’s rei…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:12AM
Friday, April 8, 2022

The Meaning of Zong review – a masterful meditation on the legacy of slavery by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Bristol Old VicGiles Terera’s lyrical and inventive drama about a brutal episode in British history brims with urgency, pain and ultimately pride In November and December 1781, 132 enslave…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Dance to the Bone review – intoxicating songs and invigorating moves by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, CardiffThe drama may miss a beat, but the music, sleek production and talented ensemble provide a tempting treat for the soul In the week that saw the lifting of almost al…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Petula review – giddy intergalactic voyage ends with a bump by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, CardiffThis stylish play packs a lot in and has strong performances but its darker nuances are smothered by whimsy Performed and captioned in Welsh, English and some French,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

What Remains of Us review – highly charged reunion of a divided Korean family by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Bristol Old VicA father and daughter meet for the first time in 50 years in this evocative and powerful exploration of grief It is August 2000. In a Seoul hotel at the second state-organised…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:36AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Christmas Carol review – a clever, Cardiffian spin on the Christmas classic by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, CardiffPanto tropes are happily pooh-poohed with a gender-swapped Scrooge and properly terrifying puppetry in Joe Murphy’s triumphant Dickens redo Attend the tale of Ebbi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM
Monday, October 25, 2021

Isla review – a touching and troubling inquiry into our relationship with AI by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatr Clwyd, MoldMark Lambert is superb as a widower given a digital assistant in Tim Price’s rumination on loneliness, privacy and ethics It is March 2020, and widower Roger (Mark Lamber…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Friday, October 1, 2021

Anfamol review – fearlessly forthright single-motherhood monologue by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, CardiffNo details are spared in Rhiannon Boyle’s frank and funny exploration of the sperm bank route to parenthood, starring the charismatic Bethan Ellis Owen A Welsh idio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Missing Julie review – gripping take on Strindberg simmers with tension by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatr Clwyd, MoldKaite O’Reilly relocates August Strindberg’s classic to a Welsh stately home in postwar, post-pandemic 1921 ‘What do you know about magnificence?’ asks Christine th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18PM
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

(Not) the End of the World review – a terrifying, daring look at climate hypocrisies by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Schaubühne, BerlinThe multiverse in Chris Bush’s Kein Weltuntergang, directed by Katie Mitchell, lays bare our contradictions and complicity in the climate crisis Ambivalence and contradi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Sunday, August 22, 2021

Curtain Up review – audience livens up poignant grab bag of short plays by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatr Clywd, MoldLetting the audience choose props and costumes adds both absurd and affecting possibilities to this selection of 15 new short plays Directed by Theatr Clwyd’s artistic di…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42PM
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Winners review – expansive parody of capitalism pops with kinetic energy by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatre on the Downs, BristolClear in its message and the targets of its take-downs, this play’s rhetoric is persuasive but it leaves you yearning for more Performed in Bristol’s new pop…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:32AM
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Possible review – as intimate as livestreamed theatre can be by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Available onlineShôn Dale-Jones’s autobiographical show tells the story of his lockdown through texts, WhatsApp group chats and Zoom calls with loved ones Like the denizens of Love Island…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

For the Grace of You Go I review – Kaurismäki, pepperoni and fury by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatr Clwyd, MoldRhodri Meilir is brilliant as a beleaguered pizza topper inspired by the Finnish film-maker in Alan Harris’s black comedy Originally due to be staged in spring 2020, Alan…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Friday, May 28, 2021

The Merthyr Stigmatist review – theatrical magic from the valleys by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, CardiffA pair of piercing performances give real depth to Lisa Parry’s smart two-hander about faith and community It is the end of the school week and precociously self-po…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12PM
Friday, March 13, 2020

Tylwyth (Kin) review – crowd-pleasing Cardiff drama revisits old friends by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, Cardiff Daf James follows up his sensational 2010 play Llwyth with a return to its characters a decade on Daf James’s Llwyth (Tribe), first staged in 2010, was a sensation…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Monday, March 2, 2020

Spies in the skies: the extraordinary story of The Beauty Parade by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sophie Stone stars in Kaite O’Reilly’s show which celebrates the forgotten women of the second world war with a powerful visual language Sophie Stone extends her right arm and lets her h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:02PM
Friday, January 24, 2020

Extraordinary Wall [of Silence] review – striking stories of deafness by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Birmingham HippodromeSign language, speech and physical storytelling come together to interrogate history – and theatre itself Devised from 40 hours of interviews with members of the deaf …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12PM
Friday, October 25, 2019

Mold Riots review – town takes to the streets to reclaim history by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Various locations, MoldA brass band, choir and cast of more than 100 gathered for a heartfelt re-enactment of a dark day that left four people dead Performed in the town’s streets and squa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Hedda Gabler review – Ibsen's stormy heroine checks her privilege by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, CardiffComplex women are imprisoned in a world of male buffoons in this rich and remarkably modern staging of the seminal drama – but only Hedda can escape Having recently…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12PM
Monday, October 21, 2019

Fierce festival review – a daring whirl of theatrical thrills by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Various venues, BirminghamAided by hula hoops, raw chicken and animatronic dogs, the performers in this six-day series of shows embarked on a quest for emotional connections Communion, empat…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

On Bear Ridge review – Rhys Ifans braves a storm of sadness by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman, CardiffEd Thomas’s lyrical new play situates its characters in a post-cataclysmic, Beckettian nowhere in which words are all they have left Bear Ridge Stores, a family-run butcher…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:12AM
Friday, September 13, 2019

Orlando review – Katie Mitchell's gleeful celebration of gender fluidity by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Schaubühne, BerlinVirginia Woolf’s promiscuous poet flits between the past and the present in this rousing and spectacularly elaborate show The titular character in Virginia Woolf’s 192…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Twelve Cabins Twelve Vacancies review – intimate take on Hitchcock’s Psycho by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Chapter, CardiffChris Carnell fuses his own story with that of the classic thriller to create a lyrical study of grief and family On a hot August day in 1968, while watching a televised broa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lose Yourself review – a devastating night out by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, CardiffKatherine Chandler’s potent new play about hedonism, violence and toxic bantz confounds expectations at every turn Yaz doesn’t want to work in a nail bar for the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Jekyll & Hyde review – this teenage riot is furious and fearless by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Birmingham RepEvan Placey transforms the lead characters into women in a provocative version embraced by a brilliant young cast Calling Birmingham Rep’s production of Jekyll & Hyde “…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:30AM

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