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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
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Half God of Rainfall review – stunning standoff by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Birmingham RepEllam’s poem about a basketball-star demi-god and his goddess-mother fighting celestial beings gets a stunning out on the stage The Half God of Rainfall tells the story of De…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:49AM
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

SparkPlug review – a soul-searching inquest into race, class and machismo by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatr Clwyd, MoldDavid Judge fuses poetry and exquisite theatricality into a lovingly delivered personal monologue David Judge is the writer and performer of this autobiographical monologue…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:00PM
Friday, March 15, 2019

Peeling review – fierce and funny trio storm the stage in vulva gowns by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatr Brycheiniog, BreconKaite O’Reilly’s play challenges societal expectations of deaf and disabled women and tick-box exercises in inclusivity Alfa, Beaty and Coral are three deaf and…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:53AM
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Taming of the Shrew review – Shakespeare in a woman's world by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, CardiffJo Clifford’s inventive and playful production gives the characters new conflicts, complexities and genders Notwithstanding its running gags at the expense of acade…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:00AM
Friday, February 8, 2019

Blue review – Williams' Menagerie reworked into tale of Welsh sorrows by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Chapter, CardiffA damaged Carmarthen family are shaken by a newcomer in this smart and superbly acted riff on the American classicIf Amanda Wingfield and her children had lived on the coast …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06AM
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Commonism review – the quest for common ground in a turbulent time by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Birmingham RepAndy Smith and Amund Sjølie Sveen imagine a future of radical equality and freedom in a performance that comes with its own manifestoBilled as a “performed conversation”, …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Wizard of Oz review – Toto, we're not in 1939 any more by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Birmingham RepThis thrilling Oz of racial diversity, gender reversal and voguing androgyny is more current – and vibrant – than the MGM musicalEncountering the Birmingham Rep’s playful…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:32AM
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Phantom Rides Again! review – a grotesque return to the dawn of cinema by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Chapter Arts Centre, CardiffGood Cop Bad Cop present a wry, playful and genre-defying show based around the work of an early film director Phantom Rides Again! is the first in what promises …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Monday, October 22, 2018

Thick As Thieves review – harrowing two-hander explores life after being in care by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Theatr Clwyd, MoldTwo friends raised in care meet after many years in a complex drama featuring some deeply committed performancesTowards the climax of Katherine Chandler’s Thick As Thieve…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Monday, October 15, 2018

Fel Anifail review – an unnerving world of shadows and secrets by Gareth Llŷr Evans

Sherman theatre, CardiffA couple stranded in an unsettling rural landscape are haunted by the past in Meic Povey’s richly poetic drama Defi (Wyn Bowen Harries) and Mair (Morfudd Hughes) ar…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

National Theatre Wales row risks ignoring audiences | Gareth Llŷr Evans by Gareth Llŷr Evans

An open letter signed by 40 Welsh playwrights criticising NTW doesn’t take into account audiences’ responses to the company’s recent showsLast week, Wales Arts Review published an open…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM

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