Something strange in the Woods @NTWtweets #NTW22

10Oct12

On 5 September I went to see National Theatre Wales‘ latest production Branches in Wepre Woods on Deeside, North Wales

http://nationaltheatrewales.org/whatson/performance/ntw22

It was anarchic and at times exciting. I felt the production was too long, performances were great, it’s just that it got so cold and dark and the gnats were out in force. There was magic but also confusion, perhaps reflecting the state of the world. There was also some terrible pronunciation of names from the Mabinogion (remind me again how that fitted with the piece… ), I enjoyed it, particularly the Japanese couple, the candlelit castle, the wedding dresses lit up in the woods, the amazing lighting in the beech wood, but all in all it felt like a long time to get nowhere in particular. I felt confused. It was incredible and unforgettable but incoherent and too long.

http://blog.dorkypark.org/?page_id=31

Here’s what the press said:

It does have its moments, particularly as the light fades when you’re obliged to pick your way around with a torch, and Macras’s ensemble presents some surreal encounters. But the overall impression is of a long time spent stumbling around in the dark.
The Guardian

All the power and mystery of storytelling is there in that setting, and in the voice and beauty of Catriona James, a stand-out in a wonderful eleven-strong cast.
The Telegraph

It’s an evening of striking imagery. I loved the wedding dresses hanging from trees, lit from within and, presumably, for sale. And although the narrative is frustratingly discontinuous, there is much spirit. I’ll remember the funky Japanese couple exclaiming over nettles, the three drunk women on a hen night, squabbling in the shallows of the river, and the pining fellow by a waterfall singing lieder to a mermaid. Every now and then, adding to the rum experience, a lugubrious, unstaged dog walker would pass by – like a modern Jaques.
The Guardian

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