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Another exploration of ambition, tradition and Welsh identity

I'll Be There in a Minute Now!

Frapetus Productions , Dylan Thomas Theatre Swansea , May-04-09
I'll Be There in a Minute Now! by Frapetus Productions The sequel to Jack Llewellyn's delightful comedy Whose Coat is that Jacket? sees the Williams family reunited for another exploration of ambition, tradition and Welsh identity, and the conflicts than can ensue when one breaks away from one's family.

Three years have elapsed since the first story, and son Bleddyn (Tom McLeod) has moved away from Trimsaran and now lives in London. The changes in the character are conveyed with subtlety and skill, and we also get fine performances from Johnny Farrell (Dai), Olwen Rees (Angharad), Neil Harris (Ieuan), Sarah Lisabeth (Ffion) and Jack Llewellyn reprising his role as Rhodri.

Director Clare Friswell's treatment of the piece is naturalistic - as it has to be given the fact that this is such an accessible and down-to-earth piece - and there are some nice visual nods to the original, particularly during the opening sequence, as well as some inspired one-liners.

Frapetsus Productions was set up to provide a platform for Wales-based playwrights with fresh voices and its early ventures have certainly hit the spot. I do wonder, however, whether the company might benefit from broadening its horizons to explore other themes apart from Wales and Welshness: there is a big world out there, and it would be a shame if this company lapsed into repetition.

Reviewed by: Graham Williams

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