Company: Cyd-Gynhyrchiad Theatr Cadair | Canolfan y Celfyddydau Taliesin Arts Centre Co-Production
Memory, myth and history collide in this beautiful and compelling tale of a brave young Welsh woman, blind since birth, who sets out from Pembrokeshire’s St Brides Bay in her dead grandfather's fishing boat to make the great catch he had always dreamed of. Guided by a cormorant, she meets a variety of colourful characters in this spectacular and moving dramatic experience, rich in the songs and stories which bind Wales and the world. Windsongs of the Blessed Bay is a family show featuring a cast of top Welsh acting talent, the haunting original songs of Boys for the Hill folk favourite Andy Tamlyn Jones, and the extraordinary puppetry techniques of Singaporean puppet master Benjamin Ho. Suitable for all the family 8+ years.
Audience feedback: Windsongs of the Blessed Bay Premiere 18/02/16
Brilliant. Mesmerizing. Magical.
‘Magical, superb, mesmerising.’
‘Beautiful, touching, inspiring.’
‘Love the mix of the fantastical and historical – the music is lovely.’
‘Fantastic and magical, wonderful acting and music – would like to come again tomorrow, it’s such an amazing performance.’
‘Delightful! Gentle but visually holding – liked the songs and of course the puppets.’
‘Very professional, weaving magic and storytelling from Wales, a real delight’
‘Puppets were brilliant – made everything magical.’
‘The acting was superb and the music was wonderful. The writing was magnificent.’
‘Wonderful. Moving, beautifully staged, willing to take risks and not take itself too seriously.’
‘A superb production – very beautiful and moving. Diolch yn fawr.’
‘Entertaining, warm, funny – thought provoking and full of surprises.’
‘Beautiful work and the concept of puppets in combination with the music conveyed the spirit! Well done!’
‘I very much enjoyed the puppets. Structure of the piece was better. Music worked well.’
‘Fantastic, intuitive use of stage.’
‘Loved it’ ‘Fantastic’‘Brilliant and imaginative.’
‘Really enjoyed the music.’
‘Excellent acting, music, singing, puppets.Definitely an improvement on the preliminary version.’
‘Ardderchog – very interesting and different. Thoroughly enjoyed.’
‘Excellent. Best performance I’ve seen in the last few years.’
'I have just been to see Windsongs of the Blessed Bay and I just wanted to say thank you. It was absolutely amazing, I loved it! It was wonderful and I enjoyed it so much! If I could I would go back straight away and watch it again'
'The show was a triumph. Exhilaratingly inventive from start to finish, it was brimful of humour, vim and brio but also subtly shaded in its depiction of the ambivalent powers of the human imagination. And its explorations of both the physical and metaphorical implications of blindness were as moving as they were illuminating. As for the puppets, they were, of course, the perfect means of capturing the fantastical world of legend. All in all the performance was a liberating demonstration of the central importance to our humanity of play as that activity in which children and adults meet as equals. That made it a veritable fiesta of a 'family' show. No wonder it met with a standing ovation.'
'Congratulations on a wonderful performance of 'Windsongs of the Blessed Bay' last night. I was completely gripped throughout. I especially loved the way in which the boat was (ironically) the still point for all the different stories, and I loved the script - the balance of humour, poetry and bleak moments. The actors were so very good – fabulous and versatile' Francesca Rhydderch