Project Description

Dylan Day Delight, Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea

  • Date:

    Sunday May 14th

  • Dylan Thomas Birthplace
    5 Cwmdonkin Drive,
    SA2 0RA


    Sunday 14th May 2023 – 6.30pm for a 7pm start
    We continue our year long celebration marking 70 years of Under Milk Wood by exploring two of the most innovative versions of Dylan’s famous work.
    May 14th is International Dylan Thomas Day and it is the 70th anniversary of the first performance of Under Milk Wood at 92Y in New York. To commemorate it we have no one but TWO Under Milk Woods live in the Birthplace Parlour & on Zoom…

    The making of the animated version of Under Milk Wood, PLUS Cerys Matthews’ version for children. Back in 1982 the first commission from the new Welsh language TV channel S4C went to to produce an animated version of Under Milk Wood. This ambitious project involved the production of thousands of unique images. Robin Lyons and Andrew Ofilier from will join Alun Gibbard in the parlour to talk about the making of the film featuring Richard Burton and the cast of the original BBC production, with loads of original images which will later be available for sale. Following UMW the team went on to create Super Ted and Fireman Sam as Wales led the European animation industry.

    Cerys Matthews: From 1982 we come bang up to date with Alun in conversation with singer and broadcaster Cerys Matthews over Zoom about how she conceived and produced a children’s version of Under Milk Wood. Cerys, former lead singer of Catatonia and now successful author and broadcaster with her own Sunday morning programme on BBC Radio 6 Music. Cerys is a long time friend of the Birthplace, having recorded the opening sequences of her BBC2 programme My Life in Verse in the Birthplace many years ago.

    “It’s a precious experience – stepping into Dylan Thomas’ shoes – entering the house where he was born, standing in the rooms where he wrote some of his most intense poems. As for staying the night? There, overlooking Cwmdonkin Park? Unbelievable!”

    The evening will end with a unique showing of the animated version of Under Milk Wood.

    Join us either in person in the Birthplace Parlour, or live on Zoom for this unique celebration of International Dylan Thomas Day.

    Live on Zoom £9.50 (covers one device and any number of viewers)
    Live in the Parlour £12.50 (includes a drink & nibbles on arrival)

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