Under Milk Wood (1972)

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Poster by Gillian Topping. From test screen print on wall of ex-silk screen room

by Dylan Thomas

Designed & Directed by Eileen Raymond

Performances: Sun 4th – Sat 10th June 1972, Theatre


From dawn to dusk you meet the 60 odd characters, who make up the town of Llareggub, from Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard and her two “abused” husbands to Dai Bread and his two wives. There is Lily Smalls, “Mrs Beynon’s treasure” and Mae West Cottage whose aim is to “sin until she blows up”. There are the sinister Pughs and gossipy Willy Nilly the postman. At the heart of the play is blind Captain Cat listening to the town and dreaming of his past life at sea and his lost loves, Polly Garter remembering her past lovers whilst “comforting” the living and Rosie Probert, who died long ago. There are the musical problems of Mr and Mrs Organ Morgan and the hilarious drinking problems of the Mr and Mrs Cherry Owens. We eavesdrop on the secret passions of Miss Myfanwy Price and Mr Mog Edwards. During a single tranquil, spring day fantasy and fact blend into a bewitching mixture.




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Reminiscences and Anecdotes

It is now though by some that the title came from the local road Milkwood Road in Herne Hill. Welsh artist Michael Edmonds, recalled that Dylan shared a house with fellow painter Alfred Janes on Milkwood Road in Herne Hill. Dylan’s friend, sculptor and London Welsh rugby player, Evan Samuel, is also recorded as stating, “Dylan used to come to watch the London Welsh games, and when, after the match, the teams would gather, as rugger clubs do, for a few pints at the old Half Moon Hotel at Herne Hill, Dylan would be there adding lustre to the gathering. He was a great conversationalist”.

Others think this is unlikely saying the London Welsh used the Commercial in Railton Road, which until recently had many rugby shorts on display on the walls.

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