Project Description

Caitlin, Alma Tavern and Theatre, Bristol

  • Date:

    January 27th-28th

  • The Alma Tavern & Theatre
    18-20 Alma Vale Rd,
    BS8 2HY

  • “He had his poetry. He was a poet. You will have heard of him. And Caitlin Macnamara? Chances are, if you’ve heard of me, it’s because I married him.”

    Before Dylan Thomas died at the tender age of 39, he and his wife Caitlin boozed, binged and brawled their way through the bars of Britain in the 1930’s and 40’s. The marriage was stormy, passionate and explosive and Caitlin tells their story, in her own brutally honest words, in this one-woman show written by Mike Kenny, directed by Steve Elias and performed by Christine Kempell.

    Caitlin and Dylan were great lovers, artists and bohemians, mixing with other artists and writers of their day, spending all their time in pubs, living on tick, doing scandalous things and being forgiven. Although Dylan had his tragic genius as an excuse for his behaviour, Caitlin feels that history judges her more harshly as a mother, married to the ‘Voice of God’ and having to put her own unfulfilled ambitions as a dancer on hold. Caitlin tells their story from her perspective and reveals some shocking insights into their mutually destructive relationship.

    Praise for Caitlin

    “Caitlin Macnamara arrives onstage in this one woman show like a tempered whirlwind. Her mission is to show us that she should never have been ignored – it is a hugely successful performance” Fringe Review

    ★★★★★ “I cannot recommend Kempell’s performance highly enough. It is so refreshing to see Dylan Thomas from a perspective we don’t normally acknowledge…the brazen honesty was so engaging and memorable it will stay a long time” Broadway Baby

    ★★★★★ “a treat to watch with plenty to think about after” Fringe Guru

    Approx running time 1 hour (no interval)

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