Project Description

Under Milk Wood in lockdown, Span Arts, Online

  • Date:

    Saturday June 20th

  • Online

  • Under Milk Wood in Lockdown – Settle in for some midsummer madness as Span arts present not one but two versions of Dylan Thomas’ classic play for voices Under Milk Wood with two community casts one performing in English and one performing T James Jones’ Welsh translation Dan Y Wenallt.

    Booking essential.

    Under Milk Wood will be performed on Saturday the 20th June at 8pm

    If you would like to join us for the Welsh version Dan Y Wenallt on Friday the 19th June at 8pm – Book Here

    This is a free event but to ensure access to the performance booking is essential.

    We are bringing the theatre to your front room, for an exclusive online live performance event. This pioneering new digital venture showcases the many talents of Span Arts volunteers and the wider community and has come about through Span’s Digidol project which has been piloting ways in which digital technology can be used creatively to help with issues such as social well-being and rural isolation through innovative ideas such as remote theatre Theatr Soffa performed through video conferencing software. Span Arts are also working collaboratively with Menter Iaith Sir Benfro and Cered on this project to present the Welsh language version with participants logging on from St Davids, Tenby, Talgarreg and Crymych.

    Under Milk Wood is set in the fictionalised seaside town of Llareggub – which spells buggerall backwards! – there characters such as blind Captain Cat, Polly Garter and the Rev Eli Jenkins reflect on their lives and worldly affairs. It is an impressionistic drama recounting a day in the life of the town from the wee small hours of dreamtime to sunrise and sundown.

    Conceived as a play for voices the drama lends itself to the more intimate medium that a digital space can create. Indeed, we can’t think of a better play to produce under lock down conditions – as its author Dylan Thomas was locked into a room to ensure that he finished the first draft of his play only hours before its first staged reading!

    This project is supported by the Enhancing Pembrokeshire second home owners tax fund facilitated by Pembrokeshire County Council, the Arts Council of Wales and the Leader fund Arwain Sir Benfro administered through Planed.

    Online booking closes at 6:00pm on the day of the event.

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