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Merched Caerdydd/ Nos Sadwrn o Hyd , Theatr Clwyd , March 20, 2019
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru by Merched Caerdydd/ Nos Sadwrn o Hyd Gareth Williams was at the double bill for Get the Chance

“...Two new plays conceived for the 2018 National Eisteddfod now touring the country with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru... Both Merched Caerdydd and Nos Sadwrn o Hyd are making their way from North to South, beginning in Mold and ending where they are set – in Cardiff.

“...What both Merched Caerdydd and Nos Sadwrn o Hyd have are strong, powerful and engaging performances by a hugely talented cast. They bring such immersive and intimate details to their characters through their physicality and movement as well as their emotion and vocals.

“...Both Merched Caerdydd and Nos Sadwrn o Hyd are fascinating pieces of theatre. Whilst the former focuses on three women and the significant choices that they have to make at an important juncture in their lives, the latter concentrates its attention on Lee, a gay man whose blossoming relationship is disturbed by an act of violence that threatens his life. Performed as a series of monologues (interweaving in the case of Merched Caerdydd), the simple set and subtle use of lighting and sound help plunge the audience into the increasingly messy and fraught situations of the characters’ lives. We cannot help but become entangled in their relational quandaries and bodily vulnerabilities.

“The sharp focus of Merched Caerdydd on sex, love and relationships feels very relevant, particularly with its themes of control and power. Meanwhile, the mixture of humour and heartbreak, sweetness and violence found in Nos Sadwrn o Hyd, portrayed so eloquently by Sion Ifans, makes for a fraught and funny hour. It cannot be underestimated how important, how needed these stories are.”

Credits: “Merched Caerdydd” by Catrin Dafydd, director Mared Swain, Gwenllian Higginson, Hanna Jarman, Emmy Stonelake

“Nos Sadwrn o Hyd” by Roger Williams, director Aled Pedrick, cast Sion Ifan

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, in association with the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Mas ar y Maes, Stonewall Cymru and OOMFF, supported by Theatr Clwyd.

Excerpts, with thanks, from the full review to be read at:

https://getthechance.wales/2019/03/16/review-merched-caerdydd-nos-sadwrn-o-hyd-theatr-genedlaethol-cymru-using-the-sibrwd-app/

Reviewed by: Adam Somerset

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