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If you thought you knew Wales, you’re in for a surprise. Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Mild Wood’ – showing at The People’s Theatre from Tuesday 13th until Saturday 17th June –  reveals a whole new view of those glorious, green valleys and lyrical language with irreverent humour, seething desire, lyrical hymns, grotesque eroticism and plenty of bawdy fantasy.

Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas is Swansea’s most famous son. This ‘play for voices’ – known as Under Milk Wood – was his last work before his premature death at the age of 39 in New York City in 1953. This radio drama, commissioned by the BBC and first aired in 1954, was later adapted for the stage.

An omniscient narrator draws the audience into the life of the small mythical Welsh fishing village of Llareggub (‘bugger all’ backwards) with its colourful collection of eccentric locals. In a series of surreal tableaux, Dylan Thomas presents the dreams and innermost thoughts of these quirky characters, simultaneously celebrating and satirising his homeland. Thomas was heard to say that Under Milk Wood was developed in response to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This is some response. Through the whimsical fever dream that is ‘Under Milk Wood’, Thomas reasserts that there is still beauty and humanity to be found in this world – even in the most unlikely of settings.

Under Milk Wood is at The People’s Theatre, Newcastle from Tuesday 13th until Saturday 17th June.

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