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Cardiff-based film, theatre and gig reviews, cultural ramblings, whingeing, short films, etc.

Thursday, April 26, 2012


I went to see Sherman Cymru’s production of “Clytemnestra”, written by former Poet Laureate of Wales, Gwyneth Lewis, earlier in the week. One of those shows which I probably wouldn’t have chanced had I not been given the opportunity to review it for the British Theatre Guide online (and thus get a free ticket), since it combines two areas where my experience/interest/expertise is limited – the Greek classics and physical theatre. It was a very impressive production, however – Jaye Griffiths is on imperious form in the lead role, and it’s good to see another example of the trend (also noted in Shock’n’Awe’s “Muscle”) of employing a choreographer (in this case, Johan Stjernholm) to work with non-dancers in order to enhance the visual impact of their performance. As I suggest in my review, an adaptation of Aeschylus is probably a hard sell for a main stage in Cardiff, but it’s a brave and successful experiment, full of startling moments.

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