TV’s favourite cave girl Igam Ogam gets her own stage show as new family theatre show gets set to tour Wales
Igam Ogam, the much-loved children’s television character, takes to the stage this summer in a vibrant and fun new theatre show touring Wales.
The bubbly cave girl, who stars on S4C and Channel 5’s Milkshake, features in her very own action-packed stage show that combines real-life performers with puppets, a colourful, interactive set and plenty of singing and dancing that will enchant young audiences.
A Coreo Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre production in association with Calon TV, The Igam Ogam Show marks a new direction for Wales Millennium Centre, as the landmark Cardiff theatre moves into producing its own theatre shows, as well as hosting them.
The production – which is suitable for children aged two to six and their families – follows the mischievous little cave girl who likes nothing more than hanging out with her friend Roly. But as the pair bounce and tumble around her cave one day, Igam discovers a new friend… her shadow.
Carole Blade, Creative Producer for Welsh dance organisation Coreo Cymru, was inspired to create The Igam Ogam Show by her two lively sons, aged five and four. She says, “I take my children to the theatre as often as possible. It sparks their imagination and I love seeing how engaged they get with the whole experience.
“The interaction between live performers and the audience is especially obvious with children’s theatre – when the performers start to move so do they,” she adds. “It’s magical and one of the reasons I wanted to produce a funny and highly physical show for little ones.”
Igam Ogam, played by Pontypool dancer Lauren Lee Jones, and her sidekick Roly, played by Orris Gordon, will be joined on the stage by puppets of other favourite characters from the Igam Ogam show, under the guidance of puppeteer Rachel Canning, a former student of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
The tour will feature both Welsh and English versions of the show. A fun and catchy soundtrack will come from composer Julian Martin, who also wrote the music for the animation. The striking and visual set, which resembles a multi-levelled pre-historic obstacle course, has been designed by Abergavenny’s Sean Cavanagh. He has worked on high profile West End productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Louise Miles-Crust, Head of Programming at Wales Millennium Centre, said: “Theatre is a magical experience for young children, introducing them to live entertainment and creating happy memories. Having hosted countless excellent children’s theatre productions over the last nine years, Wales Millennium Centre is delighted to now be co-creating its own family-friendly shows. We look forward to welcoming Wales’s youngest theatre-goers to what promises to be a fun and energetic show and we are delighted to be working with Coreo Cymru.”
The Igam Ogam Show is touring Wales this summer, with performances available in both English and Welsh. It is a Coreo Cymru and Wales Millennium Centre production in association with Calon TV.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
01970 62 32 32
Sunday 23rd June, 4pm, English
Monday 24th June,10am &1pm, Welsh
Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen
0845 226 3510
Friday 28th June, 6pm, English
Saturday 29th June, 10am & 1pm, Welsh
The Welfare, Ystradgynlais
Monday 1st July, 6pm, English
Tuesday 2nd July, 10am, English; 1pm, Welsh
Thursday 4th July (10am, Welsh; 4.30pm, English)
Neuadd Dwyfor, Gwynedd
Tuesday 9th July, 6pm, Welsh
Wednesday 10th July, 10am & 1pm, Welsh
Thursday July 11th, 6pm, Welsh
Friday July 12th, 10am & 2pm, Welsh
Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl
Tuesday 16th July, 10am, English; 1pm, Welsh
Grand Theatre, Swansea
Monday 22nd July, 5pm, English
Tuesday 23rd July (1pm, English; 5pm, Welsh)
Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl
Wednesday 24th July, 2pm, English
Thursday 25th July, 2pm, Welsh