That's How The Light Gets In

Under Milk Wood Clwyd 1

When Under Milk Wood was first performed in New York in 1953, Dylan Thomas advised the cast to ‘love the words, love the words.’  The other night we went along to the Playhouse to see the Clwyd Theatre Cymru production of this ‘play for voices’ – now touring the country to mark the 60th anniversary of its first radio broadcast and the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth – to be once again swept away upon the poet’s tidal wave of words. I remember hearing the radio production that had Richard Burton as the main narrator sometime in the early sixties before I left home for university.  I’ve never seen the play performed on stage, nor read the text since hearing it on the radio, so I was intrigued as to whether it would still stir me in the way it did when I was a teenager. Those opening lines still thrill:

It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and…

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