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Magical tale full of fun for younger audience

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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IT isn't often that audience members show their approval or disapproval of an actor's performance by pulling their tail, but when your viewers are under seven it can happen.

Particularly when you are decked out in a tiger suit.

Bethan Mai is the wild thing in question in a magical new tale from Sherman Cymru which heads to Pontardawe Arts Centre on Friday, November 30 in English at 10.30am and in Welsh at 1pm.

Bethan, from Pontyates, joins Neath's Alun Saunders for the piece, the company's Christmas treat, and Bethan says children make for a pretty discerning audience, and a very vocal one.

"I am really enjoying the fact that you get instant feedback for your performance.

" If they like what you are doing they tells you and if they don't they let you know as well. "Sometimes by trying to pull my tail."

The fable taps into a traditional Scandinavian tale, with Philip Michell re-imagining it.

It finds a little boy, Usko, who loves to hear stories about the Snow Tiger, sneaking off to find the creature in the wintry forest.

The director Mared Swain, said: "Sherman Cymru Christmas shows have always been a highlight for me whilst growing up.

"I used to attend them as a child so it's an honour to be part of the creative team on this Christmas show.

"This production has themes of friendship and overcoming fears, plus a little bit of Christmas magic thrown in."

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