Celebrating Dylan Thomas’s centenary

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The National Theatre Wales and BBC Cymru Wales have announced a live-theatre event to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas.

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Marc Rees and Jon Tregenna at Dylan Thomas’s boathouse in Laugharne

The classic play by Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood, will be brought to life and performed for the first time by the National Theatre Wales, in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire as part of the campaign of celebrations to celebrate the centenary of the poet’s birth.

The re-imagining of the classic play by the Cardiff theatre group will be called Raw Material: Llareggub Revisted and has been created by the artist and curator Marc Rees and the writer Jon Tregenna.

It will take the audience on a journey through Laugharne. This coastal town in Carmarthenshire was the inspiration for Under Milk Wood and named by Dylan Thomas as ‘the strangest town in Wales’.

The production will be part of both the Laugharne Literature Festival and the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival, and will be the main feature of the Dylan Thomas Poetry, Biography and Film Weekend in May.

Better renowned for his poetry, Thomas had one hit on the stage with his ‘play for voices’ Under Milk Wood. The play takes the audience into the life of the inhabitants of the small Welsh seaside village of Llareggub. The lyrical tale entwines some of the best-loved characters in literature and its universal appeal has meant that it has been translated into over 30 different languages and is regularly performed around the world.

The live-performance adventure will take place from 3-5 May. Tickets will be available on 1 March.

For more information about Raw Material: Llareggub Revisited, go to: nationaltheatrewales.org/rawmaterial

For more information on events celebrating Dylan Thomas’s centenary, go to: dylanthomas100.org

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