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A production of the highest standard

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru- Cysgod y Cryman , Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea , February 19, 2007
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru by Theatr Genedlaethol  Cymru- Cysgod y Cryman Cysgod y Cryman – Shadow of the Sickle – is widely regarded as the best Welsh Language book of the last century, and so, even though it is now over 50 years since it was first published, adapting it for the stage was never going to be an easy task. The novels strength was in the depth of its themes, and it was a pleasure to see that Sion Eirian’s adaptation and the strong cast had managed to transfer this to the stage.

As the two partriarchs, Dyfan Roberts and Owen Garmon filled the stage with their presence, and along with Christine Pritchard, showed why the three of them have been at the top of their game for so many years.

Since I saw ‘Wrth Aros Beckett’ last year, I had been looking forward to Carwyn Jones’ next performance, and in the lead role of Harri Vaughan he didn’t dissapoint, excellently portraying his feelings and internal conflict. Another cast member who impressed with his last outing for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru was Owen Arwyn, and he gave another sold performace as Karl, the German farmhand who falls for the daughter of the estate.

In fact, the entire cast were very good, but a special mention must go to the younger members who more than held their own against the more experienced in the company. Fflur Medi Owen was particularly convincing as Greta, sister of the lead character and object of Karl’s affections, and Lisa Jên Brown was excellent as Gwylan Thomas. Iola Hughes also gave a strong performance in her portrayal of Marged, but it was a shame that she also played another character in another location. Whilst speaking of playing multiple characters, I must mention Simon Watts, who over the two hours played three characters, and managed to convince as each one individually.

The entire production was tied together by a simple but effective set and Gareth Glyn’s fabulous musical score. This was never going to be an easy production, but Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru have again staged a production of the highest standard, and it was a pleaseure to see Taliesin Arts Centre full for a Welsh Language performance.

The show is still on tour until March 10th.

Reviewed by: Rhys Hopkin

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