UNDER MILK WOOD – NOT YOUR USUAL VILLAGE


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In the opening play of the Genesian Theatre Company’s 73rd season, Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas introduces us to a range of deep and quirky characters in his masterpiece “Under Milk Wood”.

A day in the life of a Welsh seaside village sounds quite tame but the fictional Milk Wood is a village like no other. The inhabitants reflect the village’s name, “Llareggub”, which is “Bugger All” backwards. During one Spring day we learn of the desires and dreams of the residents plus their loves and regrets. Here we meet Lily Smalls, who stares at herself in a mirror, the blind sea captain who dreams of his love, plus a woman who lives with her two dead husbands.

The town’s rich history, along with its collection of surprising characters, allows us to see not only how strange life can be but shows us the joys and despairs of age and youth.

Combined with a set designed by Martin Searles and direction by Ylaria Rogers, the fine cast brings life to what could truly be described as a very unusual group of residents.

The play is closely associated with the late Welsh actor, Richard Burton.

“Under Milk Wood” is currently playing at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street, Sydney until 8 April 2017. Friday & Saturday nights at 7.30pm with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm.

Sandra Tiltman

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