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Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

Tuesday 24th May 2011

Perth Theatre, 19:30

This event was part of the 2011 Festival Programme.

Tickets will be available on the door on the night.

Under Milk Wood is the Welsh bard - Dylan Thomas' most famous and enduring work now translated into over 100 languages. A favourite since its first broadcast with Richard Burton in January 1954, it brilliantly conjures the intimate dreams and innermost desires of the inhabitants of Llareggub - a small fictional sea-town somewhere in Wales.

Bawdy and beautiful, sad and sensual, through the music of language, it creates indelible, unforgettable images of humanity.

THE SHOW: Using nothing but a wooden chair, dark glasses, apposite lighting and a beautifully haunting soundscape by Matt Clifford, Guy Masterson performs the entire work - all 69 characters; men, women, girls, boys, cows, pigs, a horse and a cat - himself! It is unbelievably recreated and entirely enchanting.

Autumn 2003 marked the start of the 50th anniversary commemorations of Dylan Thomas' untimely death. To mark the occasion, and after having already performed it well over 700 times worldwide, Guy Masterson teamed up with acclaimed composer Matt Clifford to bring a musical element to what was already described in 1997 by the London Times as "one of the most inventive, remarkable performances of the decade."

To call Masterson's performance "remarkable" is an understatement. Committing the work - word perfectly - to memory is one thing; to perform all the characters in such an engaging, delightful and totally convincing manner is another. Masterson achieves all this and more. The performance is quite simply amazing! The reviews speak for themselves.

Masterson's interpretation premiered at The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh in February 1994 and subsequently played at the Assembly Rooms at Edinburgh Festivals 1994, 1996, 2000 and 2003. It also played at the Arts Theatre and the Bloomsbury Theatre in London's West End in 1997 and 2005 respectively. In its 15 year history, Masterson has toured the throughout the United Kingdom, all over India, Australia, New Zealand and Holland, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Italy, Ireland, Trinidad and Greece. With over 1500 performances under his belt, the show is destined to continue until Masterson is physically unable to carry on!

Finish time 9.40pm