Festive fun with Snow Child / Plentyn yr Eira

Tuesday 7 December 2010, 15:00

Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain

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If you're looking for something to entertain your little ones this month, how about a trip to the theatre that won't involve bellowing 'It's behind you' or 'Oh no, it isn't'?

For their latest production, Sherman Cymru have teamed up with the Cardiff-based company Theatr Iolo to bring to life a wintry children's story for under-sevens and their families.

Snow Child / Plentyn yr Eira tells the story of four children - Big Sister, Little One, Snit and Boy - who live in a house by a forest. After playing games, making music and telling stories, the children venture out into the cold and discover a child made out of snow - who magically comes to life.

Elin Phillips, Clare Hingott and Cari Barley in Snow Child. Image courtesy of Sherman Cymru.

Elin Phillips, Clare Hingott and Cari Barley in Snow Child. Image courtesy of Sherman Cymru.

Aled Herbert as Boy in Snow Child. Image courtesy of Sherman Cymru

Aled Herbert as Boy in Snow Child. Image courtesy of Sherman Cymru

The production has both English language (Snow Child) and Welsh language (Plentyn yr Eira) performances and was inspired by the children of Kevin Lewis, the Artistic Director of Theatr Iolo and co-creator (with Sarah Argent and Dafydd James) of Snow Child. He commented:

"One of the initial starting points for this play was remembering when my two sons were aged 3 and 5. Using sheets, pillows, towels and duvets they would create a winter landscape in their bedroom and, sitting in cardboard boxes surrounded by their furry animals, pretend to ride on sledges and have adventures at the North Pole."

Cari Barley (Big Sister) with the Snow Child. Image courtesy of Sherman Cymru

Cari Barley (Big Sister) with the Snow Child. Image courtesy of Sherman Cymru

The cast includes Cari Barley, Aled Herbert, Clare Hingott - who has recently starred in the popular BBC daytime drama The Indian Doctor - and Elin Phillips, star of BBC Cymru Wales drama Crash.

Snow Child / Plentyn yr Eira runs at the Wales Millennium Centre from 14 December until 1 January - visit the website for detailed performance times.

Read an interview with the new chief executive of the Wales Millennium Centre, Mark Taylor, on the BBC South East Wales website.

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