Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’ – from programme notes
‘Under Milk Wood’ was first broadcast as a radio play in 1954, shortly after Thomas’s death at the young age of 39.
The play is neither poetry nor prose, but a dramatic piece of lyrical text. The emphasis is firmly on the voice itself, we think, to gesture and movement; hence our ‘dramatic reading’.
The play tells of the small dreams and grand desires of the living and the dead of this fairly tale town. Its gentle, affectionate charm and humour resonate to create a deeply textured portrait of a community responding almost mythically to the awakening of spring.
Llaregyb is a place where eccentricity is tolerated, sin is forgiven and love is nurtured; or at least dreamt about and possible.
This was HAMS first production. Although it was challenging, we had great fun and hope we did this unique piece of work justice.
Mary Hands (Director)