Review: Invertigo Theatre Company - Y Tŵr / The Tower @ Chapter
Tuesday 27th January
In an attempt to see more Welsh language drama this year, I commenced with a production of William Gwenlyn Parry's Y Tŵr (The Tower).
Here, the characters of Man and Woman are united in a lifelong relationship, going through the hardships of overworking, unfaithfulness, drinking and old age. The lovingly symbolic nature of the play is clear when the couple debate whether to advance up to the next level of their relationship throughout their lives, via the setting of a tower.
Sat in the front row, the English translation was displayed on a large television screen to the left of the action. I was definitely too close, as I had to dart my head back and forth between the translation and the action.
Catherine Ayers and Steffan Donnelly committed to these two characters and maintained a kindred affection for one another. Through their troubles, the fireworks of serious drama was pitted against light humour and happier times.
Within the intimacy of the piece (with a simple and practical set by Charley Fone) lies uncertain layers of melodrama, odd laughs and a sort of static theatricality.
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