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Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru- Y Cylch Sialc , Pontio , October 20, 2019
Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru- Y Cylch Sialc Tracey Rees-Cooke was Bangor for Wales Arts Review

In excerpt:

“...this welsh language production “Y Cylch Sialc” is remarkable and credit must be lavished on director Sarah Bickerton and translator Mererid Hopwood for this new vision of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.”

“It has a wicked, bawdy, dark humour...This exuberant, lively and amusing production is an ensemble of the very highest standard. The cast is an impressive collective with Rebecca Heyes shining through as a passionate, convincing Grusha...She puts herself in danger to begin the plight across the Northern Mountains against some serious odds; daring escapes from the Ironshirts, an evil rapist General, a greedy milk seller, foolish pastel-hued aristocratic ladies and a grim old peasant woman who betrays her. All of her struggles are watched over by Gwenno, who composed 26 new songs for this interpretation and is a kind of musical overseer who recognises the humane, if much later maternal, response in the taking on of Michel and keeping him safe.

“Dressed as a kind of Shirley Bassey meets Diana Ross who then explodes into a multitude of magnificent yellow feathers with a rather splendid sequin bolero for less extravagant scenes, Gwenno’s obvious star presence alleviates the complex burdens of the actors whilst adding to the timbre of the various voices; delightful small town pomp, nonsense and energetic eccentricity.

“Yes, it is a marvellously mad turn from Gwenno Saunders, a Welsh musician of considerable talent and a vivid gusto just right for the inhabitants of this crazy Breughelian cast which somehow manages to convey all of the social spectrums of society that remain in existence today.

“Pinar Ogun slinks about in an emerald green dress exuding selfishness as the child’s birth mother. Her priorities are status, wealth and power. The complete opposite to the microcosm of revolution represented by the actions of our heroine, Grusha.Renegade judge Azdaz played by Noel James is also outstanding as he charges about the stage covered in blood, sweat and a complete disregard for convention – but so is all the cast in this high-quality production.”

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Reviewed by: Adam Somerset

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