THE INSATIABLE, INFLATABLE CANDYLION
“A long time ago, In the Kingdom of Candy, a lion once roamed the streets...
Howled on the hour, whined on the minute, roared every second day of the year.”
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?
Musicians and actors collide in this immersive production that blurs the line between a theatre show and sing-a-long live music gig, inspired by Gruff Rhys’ (Super Furry Animals) seminal album, Candylion.
Expect a mix of new songs and old favourites in a theatre gig for all ages.
Audio Description: Tuesday 22 December, 2pm
Touch Tour: Tuesday 22 December, 12.30pm
All performances will be Captioned
Relaxed Performance: Wednesday 30 December, 2pm
Please scroll down for further information on accessible performances
£17.50 / £15 Concessions
Children (ages 4 – 16): £12.50
Family Ticket: £50
(4 people, to include at least one child)
Children under 3 and babies: Free, but must have a ticket. Check our What to Expect information before booking. Please contact 029 2037 1689
Groups – Call 029 2037 1689
Groups of 10+: £15 per person, organiser goes free
£8.50 Schools - Call 029 2037 1689
(Teacher goes free for every 10 pupils)
*Please note* The box office for The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion will be at SSE SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff from 1 hour before each performance. The National Theatre Wales office is not a box office, and tickets cannot be collected there. If you choose the 'Hold at Box Office' option when purchasing your tickets, please bring your booking reference number to the SSE SWALEC on your performance date.
(£1 booking fee per ticket applies when booking via telephone)
Music & lyrics
Conceived by Gruff Rhys, Wils Wilson and Tim Price from an original idea by Gruff Rhys, Pete Fowler and Mark James
Lisa Jên Brown
Emma Daman Thomas
The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion is being performed at the SSE SWALEC Stadium, a fully accessible venue with accessible toilet facilities and disabled parking.
We are also offering the following accessible performances:
Captioned Performances (All performances)
Captions are similar to television subtitles and give deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people access to the live performance. The actors' words will appear on iPads available at the venue, as they are spoken. Speaker names, sound effects and offstage noises will also be shown.
If you would like to pre-book an iPad for any performance, please let us know by emailing email@example.com
Audio Described Performance (Tuesday 22 December, 2pm)
Audio description is a verbal commentary that tells visually impaired theatre-goers what is happening on the stage, via a discreet headset available at the venue. The description does not interfere with the performance but fills in the gaps between dialogue, describing facial expressions, costume, scenery and any action so that anyone who is visually impaired can follow the plot fully, independently and easily.
There is also a 'programme notes' description, starting a few minutes before the show, which helps to enhance the atmosphere, costumes, characters and action before and during the course of a performance.
We will also be providing a touch-tour prior to the show, where audience members using the audio description can come into the space, move around and touch the set & props to enhance their experience. The tour is free and lasts about half an hour. It will begin at 12 midday.
If you would like to pre-book a headset for the performance and attend the touch-tour, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relaxed Performance (Wednesday 30 December, 2pm)
Touch Tour: 12 Midday
The Relaxed Performance is designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. This performance may also be more suitable for small children, or those who are more sensitive to light or high sound levels.
There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement around the space, and some small changes made to the light and sound effects. An easy way to understand the atmosphere is 'the opposite of the quiet carriage on the train'.
If you would like to let us know you are coming to the Relaxed Performance and attend a touch-tour before the show, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.
A Relaxed Performance pack with detailed information about the venue and performance will be available to download here soon.
the recipe of political analysis and singalong is an uproarious success
It is fantastic
absolutely, astonishingly wonderful
so charmingly thought-provoking that whether you go with, or without the children, it is difficult to over-praise The Inflatable, Insatiable Candylion
a roaring success
Tim Price’s script is perfectly pitched
yet another confirmation of the way NTW, over the last half-decade, has reflected – and played a part in creating – the growing confidence of Wales as a nation
a five-star show
Pixel Valley Top Trumps
Created by Mark James & Pete Fowler
We’re looking forward to welcoming you to The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion this festive season. We’ll be transforming the National Indoor Cricket School inside the SSE SWALEC Stadium into Pixel Valley, so please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the information below ahead of your visit.
The magic of Pixel Valley will be created indoors and under cover in the stadium’s fully accessible, huge, indoor cricket school. Enjoy a fully licenced bar, snacks and treats, all whilst being warm and dry!
We need your help to chase the negative vibes out of Pixel Valley!
When you come to Pixel Valley, please bring a Positive Vibe to give to a stranger. It may be a happy picture, a sock puppet, a joke or maybe just a hug!
Bring your positive vibes!!
Your arrival at SSE SWALEC
The full venue address is SSE SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, CF11 9XR
The performance will be accesible via gate 3.
Full details on how to get there can be seen below.
The box office (which you can reach via Gate 3) will be open at the SSE SWALEC from 1 hour before the show begins. Box office is CASH ONLY for all ticket sales.
If you have selected the FREE ‘Hold at Box Office’ option when purchasing your tickets, please come to the SSE SWALEC Stadium around 45 minutes before the show in order for us to check you in. You will be given a hand stamp and ticked off our audience list. If you already have your tickets, please also arrive in plenty of time to get checked in.
Please be aware that the National Theatre Wales central Cardiff office will not be a box office, therefore tickets cannot be collected there or your attendance at Candylion managed in any way.
Tickets and programmes, along with Candylion merchandise, will be available to purchase on the door, subject to availability, cash only.
The bar will be open, serving hot and cold drinks & snacks and confectionery. The bar, operated by the SSE SWALEC, accepts both cash and cards.
Large items cannot be taken into the performance space, but we will have cloakroom and buggy park facilities available at the SSE SWALEC. Both facilities are free, and provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Items left in these facilities are done so at your own risk, and NTW and SSE SWALEC cannot be held responsible for any items.
The age guidance for The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion is 4+. This is because of the live music and loud nature of the production.
Children aged 3 and under can attend the production, however ear defenders are essential for small children, and must be provided by parents/carers or group leaders in order for children under 4 to attend.
We cannot and will not admit any small children without ear defenders, and management reserve the right to refuse entry.
Please be aware that tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged in case of refused entry, or if young children become uncomfortable in the performance space and need to be taken out.
PLEASE NOTE: The 9pm shows (Candylion After Dark) will be extended performances. The bar will remain open throughout, and there will be post-show DJs in the bar area. These shows are intended for an older audience, and as such may contain some content that’s unsuitable for younger children.
The running time of The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion is currently approx. 1hr 30mins.
Please make sure your mobile phones and devices are on silent. The use of flash photography in the performance area is prohibited.
This production is in the style of a music gig, so the audience will be standing. There is seating available to those who need to sit. The audience will be able to move around the space and enjoy Candylion from wherever they wish.
If you’d like to let us know in advance that you’ll need a seat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE: There is no flash photography or filming permitted in this show.
The production will be photographed and filmed for archive purposes.
The venue is fully accessible, with accessible toilets. There is disabled parking available on a first-come, first-served basis via Gate 2. There will be stewards available to direct you to this facility.
If you are coming to any of our accessible performances, including Audio Description (with touch tour), Captioning or the Relaxed performance, please click here for more information on letting us know you’re coming. (https://www.nationaltheatrewales.org/insatiable-inflatable-candylion#access)
How to get to the venue
We would recommend using public transport wherever possible to get to Candylion as the SSE SWALEC is near the centre of Cardiff, and a short walk from all major public transport links in the city.
By foot (from Cardiff Castle)
Walk west on Castle St towards Westgate St (away from the city centre)
Cross the bridge over the River Taff
At the pedestrian crossing lights before Cadwaladers, cross over the road and continue walking away from town
Take the first right onto Cathedral Rd, walk straight along, passing a petrol station on the your left
Turn right onto Sophia Close
After the Mochyn Du pub, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and follow the road around, passing the National Sports Centre on your right.
Cardiff Central Railway Station is located approximately 1 mile from the stadium. For full details of all train services to Cardiff, please visit the following:
www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk | www.arrivatrains.co.uk
Cardiff Bus run regular services to near the SSE SWALEC. Bus number 25, 62 and 62a run to Cathedral Road - alight at the first stop and turn right into Sophia Close. For details on services from other locations please visit www.cardiffbus.com
Please visit www.nationalexpress.com for full details of regular services to Cardiff.
From London: Travel time is approximately 3 hours via junction 29 of the M4
From Birmingham: Travel time is approximately 2.5 hours
From M5/M50 Southbound, take the M4 westbound exit at junction 29
From West Wales: Take the M4 Eastbound and exit junction 33
Limited parking is available at the SSE SWALEC Stadium. There are pay and display car parks nearby, including several Cardiff Council car parks (https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/resident/Parking-roads-and-travel/Parking-in-Cardiff/Pages/default.aspx), and NCP Carparks (www.ncp.co.uk/parking-solutions/cities/cardiff)
Taxi ranks are located throughout the city centre, including at Cardiff Central Station and on St. Mary's Street. The nearest point for taxis coming to the stadium will be in Sophia Close, which is 200 yards away.
We suggest the following numbers for taxis:
Capital Cabs - 029 2077 7777
Dragon Taxis - 029 2033 3333
Premier Taxis - 029 2055 5555
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us on email@example.com or telephone our box office on 029 2037 1689
Wednesday 30 December, 2pm
The Relaxed Performance is designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.
The Touch Tour is designed to help you acclimatise to the space. You will be able to come into the space, touch the set, meet the ushers and front of house team. You’ll also meet the cast in their costumes, and they’ll explain who they are and what they do in the show. The touch tour for this performance will begin at midday, and is free to attend.
Download the information packs: