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Margaret and the Tapeworm

Triongl Theatr , Seligman Studio, Chapter , November-23-18
Margaret and the Tapeworm by Triongl Theatr NHS Tapeworms:
Tapeworms are flat, ribbon-like worms that can live in your gut if you swallow their eggs or small, newly hatched worms. Tapeworm infections are rare in the UK, but are fairly common in other parts of the world. Many don't cause obvious symptoms and can be easily treated. But very occasionally, the worms can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious problems.

So now you know!

Even Shakespeare didn’t create such an exotic character in any of his plays.
But when the creative juices of Rebecca Knowles, Valmai Jones and Rebecca Smith-Williams, the three sides of the Triongl theatre company, get thrown into the cocktail shaker you know you are in for a surprise and plenty of laughter.

My question to Jones as to how do you research for playing the part of a tapeworm was met with a bewildered expression, however she did play the part magnificently, as anyone would expect from this ageless and dynamic star of the Welsh theatre scene. Her movements, especially ‘down inside’ never became a problem under the skilful choreography and direction of Sean Tuan John. But this all happened later on.

As we entered the foyer of Chapter’s Seligman Studio, we were greeted by a very gentle, unprepossessing young lady in a Christmas jumper. She invited us to join her for sherry and mince pies. For most of the packed-out audience this would have been their first taste of Christmas. When you go to the show do wear your Christmas jumper!

Very soon we discover that she is Amber, from Aberdeen, that she is an officer worker and lives in a flat next door to the unoccupied flat of her boss Michael. She tells us a lot about her husband who she is expecting home anytime soon. . Beneath all the delicious farcical carryings on there are moments of loneliness and isolation running side by side in the narrative. But the wiggling and giggling of our friendly tape worm, now very happily embedded in Margaret’s gut, responds with great delight to the delicious foods that descend down on her.

Margaret is a very beautiful and striking young woman beautifully played by Rebecca
Smith-Williams. She soon loses as that bloody worm keeps eating away inside her. Then, a big surprise! She and the worm become very friendly and soon quick-fire repartee is sparkling between them.

Despite the underlying human sad stories this is a great evening of big smiles and laughter.

I know that I and a great many other members of the audience left with a lot of laughter and big smiles of our faces, grabbing another quick sherry and mince pie on the way. That worm had almost wiggled its way into our hearts.

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff - 22 -24 November
Volcano, Swansea - 28 November
Theatr Twm O'r Nant, Denbigh - 30 November
The Welfare, Ystradgynlais - 1 December
Criccieth Memorial Hall - 4 December
Aberystwyth Arts Centre - 5 December
Machynlleth Tabernacl - 7 December
Little Theatre, Dolgellau - 8 December
Abermule Community Centre - 11 December
The Ffwrnes, Llanelli - 14 December
Glyncoch Community Centre - 15 December
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff - 19 -22 December

Reviewed by: Michael Kelligan

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