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Llyfr Mawr y Plant

Llyfr Mawr y Plant
  • Production: Llyfr Mawr y Plant
  • Company: Cwmni Theatr Gwynedd
  • Venue: Theatr Gwynedd and Tour
  • Year: 2008
  • Author: Gareth F Williams
  • Directed by: Tony Llewelyn
  • Choreography by : Cai Thomas
  • Composer : Catrin Edwards
  • Lighting Design by: Iestyn Griffiths
  • Costume Design by: Aimi Hopkins
  • Set designed by: Martin Morley
  • Photography by: Martin Morley
Llyfr Mawr y Plant is a classic Welsh chidren's story book and this was a musical adaptation. The orignal cover of the book is a famous image in Welsh literature with the characters in an old car. It does not appear in the story, but as a final trick at the curtain call the cast assembled it from parts hidden on the set and formed the 'front cover' in an instant. The set had to create a world that could flow easily through multiple locations but all the time giving a sense of place. The dominant texture was slate that is so pervasive in North Wales. It was largely static but with lots of hidden traps and secret places. It could so easily have been twee, but the writers and all the production crew wanted something that was altogether more feisty and brought out the darker more nightmarish side. It tells of farm life in a North Walian community seen through the dreams of a small boy. It is peopled with his friends and relations and a host of animals.