On Bear Ridge review – Rhys Ifans braves a storm of sadness

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Sherman, Cardiff Ed Thomas’s lyrical new play situates its characters in a post-cataclysmic, Beckettian nowhere in which words are all they have left Bear Ridge Stores, a family-run butcher and greengrocer on Bear Ridge mountain, has been open for 100 years. Despite a cataclysm that has robbed them of their stock and their customers, owners Noni (Rakie Ayola) and John Daniel (Rhys Ifans), along with their assistant Ifan William (Sion Daniel Young), remain steadfast. Into their lives of dignified defiance enters Jason Hughes’s Captain. Ed Thomas’s play, presented by National Theatre Wales and …

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