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Dilyn Fi- Cwmni'r Frân Wen , Aberystwyth Arts Centre Studio , November 7, 2016
The Best of Touring Theatre by Dilyn Fi- Cwmni'r Frân Wen Tours have not exactly been thick on the ground in 2016. Sixteen shows from Wales were well received in Edinburgh. Few have been seen widely so all appreciation to Cwmni'r Frân Wen for getting theirs out on the road and to no less than twenty venues. The company has form in putting together quality shows for children. Where the classy “Gwyn” two years ago was by definition a snowy white the colours for ”Dilyn Fi” are predominantly blues and pinks.

Aberystwyth's studio floorspace has two fold-up screens, the panels decorated with eight different diamond patterns. The props for the animated dance and action are ten suitcases of varied age and vintage. An eight inch high elephant is fulcrum for the peripatetic plot.

Cęt Haf wears denim and a shirt with horizontal stripes. That of Elgan Rhys has vertical stripes. She wears pink socks and a yellow hairband. He wears blue socks and a yellow bow-tie. One of the cases yields a top hat and safari helmet for travelling. A single silver glove betokens an elephant's trunk.

Iola Ynyr is again at the directorial helm with a certainty of touch that knows her audience well. The sound design is continuous and complex. “Dilyn Fi” has three performances spread out across over the day. At the middle one my age is eight times the average of the audience. This audience chortles from the outset. Giggles rise at times to unrestricted hilarity. It is the magic of live performance; that delight is contagious.

"Dilyn Fi” is a treat of colour, sound, movement,crispness and assurance of performance. The tour continues, in both languages, to Carmarthen, Pontardawe, Swansea, Llanelli, Pontypridd, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and ends at Pontio November 26th.

Reviewed by: Adam Somerset

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