Monday, 14 December 2015
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Under Milk Wood.
by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953).
Under Milk Wood was regarded as the play for voices, it was a radio drama commissioned by the BBC and later adapted for stage and screen.
Dylan Thomas was a famed poet and writer, also broadcaster. He was born in Swansea, South Wales.
Whilst Dylan Thomas was staying at New Quay, West Wales he went out early one morning, when the people of the town were sleeping, verses came to mind about the residents. The play was really a short story and initially was called 'Quite Early One Morning', it was about a mythical village called 'Llareggub', if you reverse the letters it says 'bugger all'.
Llareggub was a typical Welsh village in South Wales, with terraced houses and one 'ty bach' (little house), and five cottages. In 'Early One Morning' there were lots of ideas and various interesting characters who would later be developed for 'Under Milkwood', they would come out and empty the slops out side of their houses and have a chat with each other.
An omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of the fictional Welsh fishing village.
There are some quirky and amusing characters. One of the main protagonists is Captain Cat , who is blind and who dreams of his lost crew when his ship sank.
The cast is too long for me to list all the characters but you can learn more on Wikipedia and by googling the title, or view it on you tube with Richard Burton and Liz Taylor playing lead roles.
There are also transcripts to read, if you are interested.... Or whatever rocks your boat !
Captain Cat's statue at the museum in Swansea.
Sadly Dylan Thomas died in New York aged just 39 years of age, where he was working on Under Milk Wood, he was literally putting the finishing lines to the play whilst, the actor were waiting to read their scripts.
He had poor health from childhood, then later became addicted to alcohol .
Sadly, many gifted people have formed some sort of addiction to alcohol and/or drugs.
I sometimes think that the pressures of fame is responsible for their demise.
My thanks to the ULTRA UNIQUE Denise for devising ABCW and to Roger our UBIQUITOUS admin man...and not forgetting his team of helpers who assist him with visiting each site,
Best wishes to all,