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Dylan Thomas’ quaint and renowned radio play based in the fictional Welsh village of LLareggub (‘bugger all’ backwards) gets a fresh reinvigoration under the artistic eye of director Elayce Ismail at Northern Stage from Friday 2nd-Saturday 17th November.

Following on from the success of her reimagining of War of the Worlds, Elayce re-envisions the cosy world Dylan set out in 1954 and helmed by Richard Burton in the film version, by bringing in an award-winning team to create a contemporary landscape for the characters to settle into.

“In this new production, we’re creating a dream-like space that invites you to listen: immersing the audience in a playful soundscape, beautiful layered visuals and imaginative storytelling.” She explains. “For me, the beauty of Thomas’ text lies in the surprising rhythms, tones and textures of his words: he delights in language, and through it creates characters that are surreal and yet reveal so much about human nature.”
Taking on the multitude of characters – from Willy Nilly, the postman reading his recipients letters, to Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard who relentlessly nags her two dead husbands – are Christina Berriman Dawson and David Kirkbride, both of whom elevate this well-loved work into an evocative and ethereal experience.

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