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Actors find their animal instincts!     

Actors find their animal instincts! With just over a fortnight to go until Theatr Bara Caws’ latest production, a musical version of Welsh childrens’ classic Llyfr Mawr y Plant goes on the road, the cast and crew are busy rehearsing at Barcud Studios in Caernarfon.

Cast members for the ambitious new production include many familiar faces from Welsh TV and theatre including Eilir Jones, Siân James, Neil ‘Maffia’ Williams, Delyth Eirwyn, Merfyn Pierce Jones, Iwan Charles, Siwan Llynor Carys Gwilym, Arwel Wyn Roberts, Darren Stokes and Catrin Jane Evans.

The show, which promises to be colourful, lively and suitable for all the family, starts its tour of Wales as the last professional production at Theatr Gwynedd in Bangor from October 4-11 before visiting the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl, the Mwldan Theatre in Cardigan, the main stage of Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Tony Llewelyn, Artistic Director of Theatr Bara Caws said:

“Although there’s a fair amount of preparation going on before the rehearsals, this is when everyone starts to get really excited about a production. It’s all started coming together and we’re well and truly immersed in the fantasy world of animals, woodland sprites and snow queens, which is a lot of fun! Everyone is eager that this show does justice to the classic Welsh series which has entertained many generations since it was first published in 1931.”

According to the show’s scriptwriter Gareth F. Williams, who also provided the words for Catrin Edwards’ music, we can expect the show to reflect the dark as well as the humorous side to J.O. Williams and Jennie Thomas’ famous tales.

“These are vivid characters and there are some very funny stories. But there’s also a more sinister side to the books which children love, and I’ve tried to reflect that in my script.

“I remember when I was a little boy, one of the most creepy things I ever read was the chapter when the fox Siôn Blewyn Coch and his family are in the den, and they hear that ‘Tap, tap tap’ coming closer and closer. It’s the adults who’ll remember the books of course, but I hope this will also introduce the book to a new generation, and make them read the book and enjoy it as much as I did.”

Go to for more information and details of how to book tickets.

This show is a co-production between Theatr Bara Caws, Theatr Gwynedd and Galeri and has received funding from the Arts Council of Wales to promote theatre outside Cardiff.
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