The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion.

I’ve been a huge Super Furry Animals fan for many years now. Lead singer Gruff Rhys has also released several solo albums, including his second, ‘Candylion’. This album is the inspiration and music for a new play in Cardiff this Christmas – The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion.

The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion

The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion has words and music by Gruff Rhys – and is at Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium this Christmas. Here’s the press release :

A festive treat from the creative minds behind the genre-bending Praxis Makes Perfect: this December, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, writer Tim Price and director Wils Wilson will team up to create National Theatre Wales’ The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion, a playful theatre gig inspired by Gruff’s 2007 seminal album Candylion and featuring an array of colourful characters and sing-along live music.

Gruff Rhys The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion

This Christmas, take a trip to Pixel Valley, a magical world filled with positive vibes, colourful, mixed up characters and badminton. 

Come on an adventure with Polar Pear, Sledgehog, Cheffyl and the larger than life insatiable, inflatable Candylion… what will become of life in the valley when negative vibes take over the town?

Gruff Rhys joins an ensemble of actor/musicians including Sweet Baboo, Remy Beasley, Lisa Jên Brown, Matthew Bulgo, Dyfan Dwyfor, Natasha Lewis, Dyfrig Morris, Kliph Scurlock and Emma Daman Thomas.

The Insatiable Inflatable Candylion

They will perform a mixture of new songs written by Gruff and old favourites from the Candylion album, in an immersive production that blurs the line between a theatre show and live music gig.

Expect a mix of new songs and old favourites in a theatre gig for all ages.

Dates: 16 December 2015 – 2 January 2016
Venue: SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, CF11 9XR

Performance Schedule

16.12.2015  : 7pm
17.12.2015  : 7pm
18.12.2015  : 9pm
19.12.2015  : 2pm & 7pm
21.12.2015  : 2pm & 7pm
22.12.2015  : 2pm (Audio Description)
23.12.2015  : 2pm & 7pm
24.12.2015  : 2pm
26.12.2015  : 5pm
28.12.2015  : 2pm
29.12.2015  : 2pm | 7pm
30.12.2015  : 2pm (Relaxed Performance)
31.12.2015  : 2pm
01.01.2016  : 9pm
02.01.2016  : 2pm & 7pm

Box Office:
By phone: 029 2037 1689

Ticket Prices:

  • £17.50 / £15 conc
  • Children (ages 4–16): £12.50
  • Family Ticket (four people, to include at least one child): £50
  • Groups of 10+: £15 per person, organiser goes free
  • Schools (teacher goes free for every 10 pupils): £8.50
    (£1 booking fee per ticket applies when booking via telephone)

Recommended for ages 4+

and just in case you really aren’t aware of the wonderful ‘Candylion’ album, you can stream it via YouTube