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A Welsh wonderland at Circa

Press Release – Circa Theatre
“To begin at the beginning… ”
Join us at Circa Theatre for Dylan Thomas’ masterpiece Under Milk Wood, a delightful if peculiar story of the daily life in “Llareggub” (read it backwards), a small Welsh town by the sea.

Meet the eccentric townsfolk…

Captain Cat, the old blind sea captain who dreams of his drowned shipmates and lost lover, Myfanwy Price, the sweetshop-keeper lusting after Mog Edwards; Organ Morgan, obsessed with his organ; postman Willy Nilly who reads his neighbours’ letters, Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard, relentlessly nagging her two dead husbands… Polly Garter, Nogood Boyo, Lord Cut-Glass and many others. Walk along Coronation Street, down to the little fishing harbour as Thomas explores their lives, dreams, disappointments and desires.

Acclaimed director Ross Jolly is thrilled to be presenting this exciting new production saying, “last year I watched a Youtube video that blended music, voices and some intriguing animations, and I was inspired to propose an original stage adaptation of this classic work. The project is now becoming a reality… it’s challenging, mind blowing and very exciting!”

Rich with haunting, indelible images of humanity and dreams, our production of this much loved classic will feature an evocative video landscape byJohanna Sanders, a haunting composed soundtrack from Gareth Farr, lighting design by maestro Marcus McShane, costumes design by the amazingShelia Horton and an intriguing set by Andrew Foster.

Five amazing actors play over 60 roles – (Kathleen Burns, Jeff Kingsford-Brown, Simon Leary, Carmel McGlone and Gavin Rutherford) – and of course centre-stage is the hilarious magic of Thomas’ sharp wit and wonderful, mischievous use of language.

“The small Welsh fishing village’s funny, madly eccentric inhabitants have become familiar classic characters and as the actors and a top technical team recreate Thomas’s wacky, Welsh wonderland, I am constantly amazed, and entertained,” says Jolly. “We are all, somewhat spellbound, by the giant presence of Mr Dylan Thomas and his brilliant celebration of life and love and language. Magic indeed!”

Under Milk Wood is an unforgettable journey… sad and sensual, bawdy and beautiful.

We are not wholly bad or good,
Who live our lives under Milk Wood.

“The voices of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood rise and fall, crashing into each other like waves under a milky moon, their sweet prose an effervescence of sounds and syllables to intoxicate the soul.” – GOOD READS


Under Milk Wood
Written by Dylan Thomas
Directed by Ross Jolly
Proudly supported by Mary and Peter Biggs CNZM

Circa One, 1 Taranaki Street, Wellington
13 Oct – 10 Nov
$30 Preview 12 Oct & 14 Oct

Tues – Thurs 6.30pm / Fri – Sat 8pm / Sun 4pm

TICKETS: $25 – $52


BOOKINGS: 04 801 7992 / www.circa.co.nz / 1 Taranaki St, Wellington

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