Mumford and Sons are among a select group of UK bands and solo artists to have enjoyed commercial success across the pond. Actually, the term success on its own does not do justice to the impact they’ve had; the West London four-piece have won over hearts and minds in the United States.
This pantomime may officially be called Babes in the Wood, but a more accurate description would surely be Babes in the Sherwood Forest for the debt its narrative owes to the legend of Robin Hood. In fact, very little of the original Babes in the Wood remains in the latest joke-filled Christmas pantomime from one of South Wales’ hardest working entertainers, Owen Money.
If you’re looking for excitement, great storytelling and don’t want to grow up this Christmas, then Sherman Cymru is the place to be.
Long before Walt Disney had dollar signs in his eyes at the prospect of making fluffy, sanitised versions of Sleeping Beauty and Aschenputtel (later re-named Cinderella), the original, much darker texts by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm had been entertaining children across Europe for generations.
Youth unemployment is sky-high, there are mass protests on the streets and the future for a Cardiff teenager on the dole is looking bleak. Overseeing all this social strife is a deeply unpopular government. Sound familiar? The setting for Rude! is not the present day but the Cardiff of 32 years ago - the parallels between now and then are striking.
When five-inch heel clad musical comic Vikki Stone struts on, it’s clear that she has no problems with onstage confidence.
Choreographing contemporary ballet must be a devilishly difficult business at the best of times but when the music in question is traditional Welsh hymns, some of which are several centuries old, then the challenge must be all the more harder.
American flags hang from the ceiling, chequered red and white tablecloths cover the front row and a band play Johnny Cash and Eddie Cochran numbers – walking through a gold string curtain has turned South Wales into the Mid West.
The Africa Express train rolls into Cardiff for a three and a half hour, all-out party.
Since 2007, Cardiff-based theatre company Dirty Protest has been delivering live performance with a difference; whether it’s in a yurt or a kebab shop (two such locations used for last year’s Christmas show, The Office Party), they produce contemporary theatre that’s both engaging and unique.