Tuesday, 21 July 2009
....time passes, listen, time passes.
While I have been out and about this week I have been playing Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas - a perfect antidote to motorway driving.
An all-seeing narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of an imaginary small Welsh village, Llareggub ("bugger all" spelt backwards – though re-spelt in early editions as Llaregyb so as not to offend).
Dylan Thomas was staying in New Quay, Wales one winter, he went out early one morning into the still sleeping town and verses came to his mind about the inhabitants. It truly became what he called 'a play for voices' and a landmark in radio drama and theatre - it was eventually turned into a stage play.
The play was first broadcast (two months after his death) on 25 January 1954, and featured Richard Burton as 'First Voice'. There is a rich cast of characters that include Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard, relentlessly bossing her two dead husbands; Captain Cat, reliving his seafaring times; the two Mrs Dai Breads; Organ Morgan, obsessed with his music; and Polly Garter, pining for her dead lover.
Later, the town wakes and, aware now of how their feelings affect whatever they do, we watch them go about their daily business. If you get the opportunity, enjoy this wonderful 'play for voices'. Have a grand midweek nice people, I'm about to grab some clean shirts and set off on my travels again.