There’s nothing better than a winter wonderland at this time of year, especially if its indoors! That’s why we were really excited to receive an invitation by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Theatr Iolo to step into their own winter land and review their latest theatre production; Llygoden yr Eira. We sent Clara Lloyd and her 7 year old daughter Grace to Aberystwyth Arts Center to review the show on our behalf, and this is what they thought!
It was a magical experience from the outset. Grace and I were invited into a magical winter wonderland scene where everything was glistening white with snow. It was a relaxed environment with comfy, textured floor cushions placed on the floor to sit on, enabling close and intimate interaction between the actor Iwan Garmon and his puppet and audience. It was all covered in a layer of white soft snow – a really striking set and perfect to get you into the festive spirit with your little ones.
The performance was an interactive one from the outset, with the only actor engaging with us whilst trying to locate his warm winter clothing. A magical, funny show with clever use of puppetry and music, about a boy and a little mouse and the joy of snow. It’s amazing how much they achieved with such simplicity and Iwan Garmon was fantastic from the outset.
Our favourite part was when boy and snow mouse sat on a sledge at the top of the hill, we all shared the exhilaration of the slay ride.
Using very little words, which makes it appealing to all ages, Iwan Garmon was able to communicate and narrate the story exceptionally well. As well as being magical it was extremely funny and my daughter was laughing and was fully engaged throughout! It was full of age appropriate slapstick type humour and simple trickery.
One of our favourite scenes was when the snowball was getting bigger and bigger. Some of the younger audience members were desperate to get onto the set and wanted to join the actor as he threw snowballs. There was a very relaxed approach but due to the close, intimate nature of the set, safety was kept at the fore.
One suggestion I have is that It might have been good for the audience to have had the opportunity to physically interact at some point during the show, perhaps being invited to throw snowballs (pom poms) at a target? This would have provided the children with a greater sensory experience and helped the children who really were tempted to join in!
I had previously shown my daughter the film trailer, but the film does not do the show justice. We were both looking forward to seeing it, but the live performance totally exceeded my expectation. I highly recommend going to see this show, such a magical and sensory delight with great humour and suitable for younger children of all ages.
Mam Cymru would like to thank Clara Lloyd and her daughter Grace for reviewing the show on our belahlf and thanks to Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Theatr Iolo for the invitation. Llygoden yr Eira is on tour in Theatres across Wales until the 21st of December. To view the tour details please visit the website
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