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Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

MAKER – Rhinoseros Pupperts/Masks & Props 

Play by Eugène Ionesco 

Adapted by Manon Steffan Ros

Directed by Steffan Donnelly

Set and Costume by Cai Dyfan

Lighting by Ceri James

Movement direction by Catherine Alexander

Production Photographs by Mark Douet

The first Welsh adaptation of Ionesco’s play Rhinoceros which toured Wales in the fall of 2023. 

The play is a post-war absurdist drama about a small town whose residents become rhinoceroses. The story revolves around the character, Bérenger, who the townspeople view as a lazy alcoholic. However, as more people become a rhinoceros, Bérenger’s paranoia worsens to the point that he is the only one left who retains his identity and is not metamorphized. The play explores many themes including conformity, responsibility, mob mentality, hatred, and extremism. 

"technically ambitious and compelling production."
"A smart Welsh-language revival of Ionesco's classic"


Seven rhino masks were made from Worbla (thermal plastic) and cotton dust sheets. Every effort was made to be more sustainable in the making process including sculpting from clay, creating a mold with latex & hessian and plaster with hessian. Rendered with acrylic paints. 

Props made included a dead “pancaked” cat, a ramming horn, and several small prosthetic horns.