Showing posts from 2021

The Hound of the Baskervilles – 21st September 2021 – Theatr Clwyd

After the last 18 months, we all could all do with exercising those chuckle muscles a bit and where better to do it than by watching live theatre? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most celebrated adventure has been given the most glorious comic transformation by the Original Theatre Company. The world-renowned detective Sherlock Holmes and his ever-faithful sidekick Dr Watson are tasked with unravelling a mystery regarding the untimely death of Sir Charles Baskerville. Rumours abound that there is a cursed giant hound roaming the moors which surround the Baskerville home, so it is up to Holmes and Watson…or should that be Watson and Holmes, to use their wit and guile to save the remaining Baskerville heir from succumbing to the same fate that has befallen Sir Charles. This ingenious adaptation combines wonderful comic performances by all three cast members who take on a variety of roles throughout the evening. Serena Manteghi plays a whole host of colourful characters, she is a delight as

Missing Julie - by Kaite O'Reilly - Theatr Clwyd 17th Sep 2021 (Preview)

Theatr Clwyd - 2020 Regional Theatre of the Year. It’s easy to see why. During the darkest days of the pandemic, the theatre not only got involved with the local community, but it continued to strive to help creatives in the industry. An opportunity to stream several free online readings whilst the theatre curtain remained drawn was also grabbed. On 5/11/2020, a reading of Kate O’Reilly’s brand-new play Missing Julie was aired. Over a coffee in the theatre, the foundations of relocating Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie to post-war Wales had begun to take shape. Performed by Sophie Melville (The Missing, The Pact); Tim Pritchett (Casualty, Black Mirror); and Victoria John (Miranda, Little Britain) I enjoyed the reading and looked forward to a time when the play would grace the stage of Theatr Clwyd. Set in a Welsh stately home in 1921, just after the First World War, Missing Julie is described as a modern adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie. Whilst the story has moved to a century

Grayson’s Art Club – Manchester Art Gallery (August 2021)

For people of a certain vintage, they’d come home from school, be handed a glass of Kia-Ora and sit and watch Take Hart with the aroma of fish fingers, chips and beans wafting in the air. For the uninitiated, Take Hart was a BBC children’s TV programme about art, presented by a chap call Tony Hart, who had a Plasticine animated side-kick called Morph. Unlike progressive UK Governments, Tony could see the benefit of encouraging children to be creative. He would demonstrate small-scale projects you could easily try to recreate or adapt, and large-scale projects on the studio floor, or a beach which you’d just watch in amazement. There was a special part of the show “The Gallery” in which young viewers could send in their own artwork and if they were lucky, Tony would select their work and it would be shown on the TV. The reason for my trip down memory lane is that during lockdown, Grayson Perry, one of Britain’s leading artists, took this idea one step further. No longer just the domain

A Splinter of Ice – Theatr Clwyd

📅 Sat 12 th June – Fri 25th June Running time 2hrs 10 mins (inc interval)   Betrayal. “I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.” – E.M.Forster Moscow, February 1987, two of the greatest 20 th Century novelists Graham Greene and the Soviet spy Kim Philby are reunited. Philby had been Greene’s supervisor and friend at MI6 30 years earlier, but at the time of the meeting Philby had long been exposed as a communist double agent and was living in Moscow with his final wife, Rufa – a Russian memoirist. I had seen several advertisements on social media for The Original Theatre Company’s online recording of the production, and I was on the verge of buying a ticket when I spotted that the play was touring and coming to Theatr Clwyd. Whilst online plays have been a salvation throughout the pandemic, there is nothing to beat the feeling of sitting in a theatre watching a

For The Grace Of You Go I by Alan Harris – Theatr Clwyd

📅 Sat 12 th June – Fri 25th June Running time 1hr 15 mins   Jim’s life is going nowhere. He spends his days topping pizzas with pepperoni. He thinks he has found the answer to his problems whilst watching the film “I Hired a Contract Killer.”All he has to do is get someone to kill him. What on earth could go wrong with that? This is my second post-Covid show at Theatr Clwyd and on first sight the stage is an assault on the eyeballs, all acid green, bubble gum pink and sunshine yellow. But don’t let the Crayola crayon set fool you, Welsh writer Alan Harris has delivered a darkly comic play with a poignant message running through it. The tale is a three-hander, focusing on Jim, excellently played by the haunting Rhodri Meilir (Hidden/My family) who, following the death of his mother, has been suffering from the mental health condition, depersonalisation disorder.  As part of a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) pilot scheme, Jim has been selected to work on the production

Blindness – Theatr Clwyd (Adaptation by Simon Stephen)

Apparently, I’ve been languishing. Organisational psychologist Adam Grant, PhD, wrote in a recent article in the New York Times, that languishing is "a sense of stagnation and emptiness." Whilst in this state, you may not see the point of things; simple pleasures lose all meaning, you lack any sense of purpose, basically you are feeling a bit "meh." I can attest to that. A global pandemic sort of does that to you. What’s the point of booking a holiday when you know the chances of it being cancelled are so high? Last year I ended up taking my summer holiday in December. Why organise meeting friends when the border between England and Wales keeps opening and closing with more regularity than Tower Bridge? My second “home” at Theatr Clwyd was closed, along with theatres up and down the UK, so there was nothing to get excited about – let alone blog about. Happily, things are now starting to change, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Blindness – Theatr Cl