By Dylan Thomas – March 9 - 12
- Directed by Greg Malone
- Set by Vickie Marston...
- Costumes by roy Hansen-robitschek
“To begin at the beginning:
It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters’-and-rabbits’ wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboatbobbing sea.”
Under Milk Wood is Dylan Thomas’s last work and only play. It is a brilliant piece, introducing us to the colourful townsfolk of the Welsh community of Llareggub (bugger all spelled backwards). The play is rich in language, in humour and in enchanting characters. Through their dreams, we meet blind Captain Cat, Mog Edwards and his sweetheart Miss Price, Sinbad Sailor, Dai Bread, Polly Garter, Nogood Boyo and Lord Cut Glass. Thomas examines powerful forces that operate beneath the calm exterior of a town which has “fallen head over bells in love.” Richard Burton claimed, “the entire thing is about religion, the idea of death and sex.” It is a compilation of yarns superbly interlaced and written in a lyrical, haunting language to create a lasting representation of a place and a people.
HENRY IV Part 1
By William Shakespeare – March 30 to April 2
- Directed by Michael Waller
- Set and Lights by Renate Pohl
- Costumes by Vickie Marston
Having acquired the crown after deposing Richard II, Henry IV must now deal with claims that his monarchy is invalid. The highly praised young noble, Hotspur, is withholding prisoners of war and organizing a plan to bring the crown to Mortimer. Meanwhile, Prince Hal, Henry’s son and heir, seems to be squandering his life among the whores, boozers and ne'er-do-wells of Eastcheap. The greatest of these miscreants is the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, a witty, warm, intelligent liar, glutton, lecher, cheat, braggart, fool and sponger with a gigantic sense of fun. When the King needs his son's assistance in combating Hotspur, Prince Hal begins to show the character that becomes a leader and a king. Shakespeare’s rousing tale of comic conspiracies and heroic deeds reveals how a Prince’s coming of age will shape the fate of a nation.