‘The dialogue sparkles, the songs are beautifully simple, the play overflows with the author’s fecund vision of human experience’ – The Times, 1954
Experience Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, performed ‘in the round’ by Malvern Theatres Young Company at Malvern Forum Theatre from 6th to 9th August, before transferring to Edinburgh Fringe.
A ‘play for voices’ famously heard first on radio, Under Milk Wood is no less remarkable when staged. Without doubt Dylan Thomas’s best-loved work, Under Milk Wood is also amongst his last, evolving over ten years and completed in 1953, just a month before he died. Combining the spirit of Laugharne and New Quay, two small towns in Wales where he had lived, Thomas creates the new ‘rough and tumbling town’ of Llareggub, where ‘clocks with no hands forever drum out time without ever knowing what time it is’. As Daniel Jones tells us in his Preface to the play, ‘Thomas liked small Welsh towns by the sea best of all’ and nowhere is this more apparent than in the exquisitely lyrical language of Under Milk Wood.
Last year’s production by the Malvern Theatres Young Company, Sophocles’s Antigone, played to full and appreciative audiences. This year, performing for the first time ‘in the round’, the company will engage more closely with its audience than ever before. The intimacy of the central staging is ideal for a play where you can ‘hear and see, behind the eyes of the sleepers’, into the ‘big seas of their dreams’.
Established in 2012, Malvern Theatres Young Company performs in Malvern every summer, on the site of the famous Malvern Festival founded by George Bernard Shaw. The company has presented plays and musicals and Under Milk Wood will be their second production at the Edinburgh Fringe, this year playing at The Space UK’s Upper Niddry Street venue. Since its foundation, the profile of Malvern Theatres Young Company has risen year-on-year and many of its past members now either work or study in the arts.
Admission is FREE. There is no charge for tickets to Under Milk Wood at Malvern Theatres. Donations are welcome in support of future Malvern Theatres projects.
Under Milk Wood will be on stage at Malvern Theatres from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th August. FREE tickets can be booked via the Box Office 01684 892277 or online at malvern-theatres.co.uk.
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