Thrown in, full force to the Welsh experience. The Wrong Ffion Jones takes us on the surreal journey of what happens when Ffion lives out her version of the Truman Show.
We find ourselves in ‘Walesland’, created by Bevan, Bevan, Bevan & Co. to protect the Welsh. It maybe that the Welsh are being protected from others.. or not. Humour is offered from the outset, and this isn’t about needing to be Welsh to enjoy the show. Ffion Jones has created tour-guide inspired comedy so the laughs translate.
Ffion Jones instantly warms herself to the audience, embracing the stereotypes of Wales. Branding an inflatable leek, adorned in traditional dress, intrigue is created in where this show will take the audience.
In this story Ffion finds herself with a moral dilemma- to choose rebellion or to promote a country she loves for corporate benefit. And in exploring this quandry the audience are introduced to a range of affable characters.
The talent in Ffion Jones’ production comes from this storytelling. The conversations which take place requiring a fast-paced wit and energy, interchanging between brilliant characters with the ease of a skilled performance.
The performance uses other techniques to give Jones time to breathe. The voice of Bevan beams out, home-video footage adds to the sense of self which is being conveyed.
The Wrong Ffion Jones cleverly explores the stereotypes which come with a country’s identity, owning those which are there as strengths. The charm, wit and pace which underpins this performance creates a memorable performance- not just because of a fantastic take on ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’.
The Wrong Ffion Jones is at the Underbelly Cowgate as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can see the production at 15.00 until Sunday 25th August.
Disclosure: This review is part of media accreditation for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. All views and opinions contained are my own.