Under Milk Wood at Caldicot Castle

IMG_3189 copy.jpgPhotographed (L to R standing): Bruno Cook, Adrian Bevan and John Weldon. (L to Right sitting): Sarah Jayne Hopkins, Adrian Price and Judith Lewis.

Theatr Silures, the South Wales based company was proud to present Dylan Thomas’ masterpiece ‘Under Milk Wood’ often performed in celebration of International Dylan Day at Caldicot Castle. Visitors came to Caldicot Castle and enjoyed Dylan’s wonderful words on the castle lawns. Director of the play Adrian Bevan said: “It is always fantastic to bring the beautiful words of Dylan Thomas to a new audience and the setting here at Caldicot Castle is beautiful.”

IMG_3148 copy.jpgSix actors took on all the roles of the colourful characters of Llareggub in this award winning, much lauded production. Dylan Thomas’ only play conjures a vivid picture of the life, loves, hopes and dreams of the inhabitants of the fictitious seaside town Llareggub.

IMG_3185 copy.jpgPeople experienced the sensual electric thrill of Dylan Thomas’ words as this innovative bare-bones theatre company transported everyone to the colourful world of Llareggub. This Welsh company presented their loud, bawdy and uninhibited production. They bounce the words of Thomas around the stage with great confidence. This was a splendid realisation of the Welsh poet and playwright’s fantasy. Mr Bevan said: “Six actors perform all of the parts of the play bringing the narrative to life with visual effects. The audience appreciate the slapstick, the humour and the intellectual jokes.”

IMG_3184 copy.jpgDylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion”; the ‘play for voices’ Under Milk Wood; and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He became widely popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death at the age of 39 in New York City. By then he had acquired a reputation, which he had encouraged, as a “roistering, drunken and doomed poet”

IMG_3168 copy.jpgUnder Milk Wood is a 1954 radio drama by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, commissioned by the BBC and later adapted for the stage. A film version, Under Milk Wood directed by Andrew Sinclair, was released in 1972. An omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of the fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub (“bugger all” backwards).

IMG_3121 copy.jpgThey include Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard, relentlessly nagging her two dead husbands; Captain Cat, reliving his seafaring times; the two Mrs Dai Breads; Organ Morgan, obsessed with his music; and Polly Garter, pining for her dead lover. Later, the town awakens and aware now of how their feelings affect whatever they do, we watch them go about their daily business.

IMG_3134 copy.jpgSarah Jayne Hopkins performing one of the scenes in the fantastic open-air setting on the lawn of historic Caldicot Castle.

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