When the starting point of explaining what this event was involves describing the main character as half lion & half candyfloss and is created by Gruff Rhys anyone who knows me will be fully aware that I bought the tickets for the late night show as soon as I could.
An amazing concept show / panto / event in collaboration with the National Theatre of Wales this was an event not to miss. If you did miss it, tough luck as it is over now unless people see sense and force this to be performed again.
The basic story is that in Pixel Valley all the inhabitants are happy and get along well. Not just Candylion, but also Merungutan (half meringue and half orang-utan) Cheffyl (half horse & half chef), Caruin (half carnation & half penguin) and Polar Pear (you should be getting the gist of these now...
All is well, it is harvest time and happiness and equality is everywhere - until Candylion eats a negative vibe and turns into a capitalist dictator. This leads to setting up Candy Corp and a factory making candy bars, while Candy slowly blackmails and tricks others into carrying out her evil plans. Eating many of the other cast members it was down to Caruin to go and meet the Cone People and be convinced to go back and solve the issue.
By now the Candylion is taking up half the arena, and the only way to rescue all inside is to sing, dance and jump up and down. Getting to this point involved being in a conga behind Gruff in a car singing Gyrru, Gyrru, Gyrru which I doubt very much will be bettered as an experience for me in 2016.
The basic message for all ages is being nice and sharing makes the whole world a better place, and this was played out on basic levels of fun for the youngsters and some very un-subtle lyrics for the grown ups.
Impossible to remember or recount all that happened that night due to constant laughing, dancing, chasing pixels around the hall and hugging strangers at the end to share the positive vibes. Less complex than the previous collaboration of Praxis Makes Perfect, but the simplicity of this production hid the amazing amount of thought and effort that must have gone into creating every part of this.
As an excellent encore (after the fake ending, which I am hoping wasn't the same when it was performed to the family audiences as the standard show!!) there was a small theatrical show of the song / epic Skylon that was also just outstanding in every way.
My Candylion has pride of place in the front room, Debbie wants to change the name of our cat and I can't stop laughing everytime I remember a bit of the play. All I can say is if you ever get the chance to see any event that Gruff is part of, you will not be wasting your time or money at all.
Life in 2016 is so much better than 2015 already - thanks to all involved.
Some pics, hastily grabbed as there was so much happening all over the hall it was impossible to try and plan a photo!