Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Originally written , though never fully adapted , as a play this piece became more famous as a radio audio drama which itself was never adapted as Dylan Thomas passed away before he could return from a sojourn in America before he could complete the job.Thereafter the challenge has always been to get something that only partially translate to the stage in a way the audience can relate to and to bring drama to a radio play which has no grounding tempo.Yet , this can be seen as a metaphor for the lives of ordinary People so the lack of direction and action becomes the unfulfilled drama of the piece itself.

As the review below from the Glasgow Herald states this staging was one of the better ones in which the only real star of the drama , the poetic words of Dylan himself , take centre stage in the tale that is as gladdening as it seems to be humdrum in the time in which it was written with the world settling into a stand-off cold war with the petrifying horrors of the atomic bomb and the slow recovery from WW2 with rations barely returning to pre-war levels still being a concern for the ordinary communities of the emerging post-war world.

" Nicholls takes full advantage of the Tron Community Company's resources to put quaking flesh on the rich bones of Thomas's big, rambunctious symphony of inner yearning, shattered dreams and hidden hopes that the play evolves into.
With the narrator's lines split three ways between the bar staff of Charlotte Lane's wood-lined howf, the rest of the townsfolk either prop up the bar or else sit in repose at a floor of tables until they spring into life to lay bare their hearts desires."

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