UNDER MILK WOOD STARTS UK TOUR IN SWANSEA
acclaimed theatre director Michael Bogdanov's new production of
Under Milk Wood began its UK tour in Swansea's Grand Theatre on
8th October 2003.
production starred Matthew Rhys as First Voice. Rhys who rose to
fame playing opposite Kathleen Turner in the West End production
of The Graduate follows some famous people in the role including
Dylan himself and Richard Burton.
The main feature of the set is a
wedge of cheese! The movement of the actors within that set and
the skill of Bogdanov in using just nine actors to play sixty
three parts was evident throughout. This was a masterly
presentation of an old classic in a new coat
production moved on to Cardiff the following week and the rest
of the UK in the New Year.
Dylan Thomas International Creative Arts Competitions
September are the Dylan Thomas International Creative Arts Competitions
which are expected to bring in a strong entry as well as boosting the
tourist trade in Swansea in the run up to the events which will
mark the 50th anniversary of Dylan Thomas' death on 9 November
There are also Art and Sculpture
competitions and a Short Story competition which are open to all
Competitions are part of the Clyne Farm Centre Community Awareness
Programme. Proceeds in aid of British Heart Foundation and Singleton Hospital Cardiac Rehab Unit.
This unit provides a vital resource to people in the South West Wales
area who are recovering after a heart attack with practical advice on
diet and exercise.
was a great success and the results have now been announced
DAUGHTER HONOURED BY UNIVERSITY
Thomas' daughter Aeronwy Thomas has been honoured with an
Honorary Fellowship by Swansea University.
is quoted in the university's alumni newsletter as saying that
she was accepting the honour as much for her father and her
grandfather as for herself.
first thing I thought was ‘about time, too’ – not on my
behalf but on my father and grandfathers’ behalf,” said Ms
grandfather, D. J., was a literature teacher at Swansea Grammar
School. There was talk of him having a fellowship but it never
full story is on http://alumni.swan.ac.uk/news/news_item.asp?news_id=370
DEATH OF DYLAN
Gilbert Bennett - the
President of the Dylan Thomas Society who died in February 2003
was a leading light in the promotion of Dylan's work. He will be
remembered by many as a schoolteacher.
I remember him, in
particular, as a broadcasting colleague on both Radio Wales and
Swansea Sound who gladly gave his advice to a raw newcomer and
whose eloquent match reports turned even a dull game of rugby on a
wet, windswept November afternoon into a work of art. gh
For an obituary from
Dunvant Male Choir click here