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DYLAN THOMAS CENTRE

PROGRAMME May to August 2012


WELCOME

FARZANEH KHOJANDI

Our first ever Under Milk Wood Day celebrates the 59th anniversary of the play’s staging in New York. The Day will become an annual fixture at the Centre, and this year includes displays, recordings, film showings for all the family, and the premier of a new play, Love the Words. Dylan visited Persia in 1951 to write a filmscript for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, and we’re delighted to host a weekend of Persian poetry in May. Elsewhere, we celebrate the Shakespeare Olympiad with pupils from Swansea schools, and present drama from this year’s cohort of creative writing students at Swansea University. And there’s plenty to look forward to for the rest of the year, with the Stan Tracey Quintet already confirmed for the Dylan Thomas Festival. Jo Furber, Literature Officer

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Friday, 4 May, 7.30pm

PERSIAN POETS TOUR with the Poetry Translation Centre

Persian poetry is famed for the richness of its heritage, and classical poets, such as Rumi and Hafez are read widely. Tonight, five contemporary Persian-language poets show how this tradition continues to be enriched. Partaw Naderi, Farzaneh Khojandi, Azita Ghahreman, Shakila Azizzada and Reza Mohammadi read alongside their translators, Sarah Maguire, Jo Shapcott, Maura Dooley and Mimi Khalvati. TICKETS: F £6 C £4.20 PTL £2.80 MAY - AUGUST 2012


Saturday, 5 May, 11am – 1pm

Saturday, 12 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm

MIMI KHALVATI POETRY WORKSHOP

UNDER MILK WOOD DAY

Join one of our leading poets for a workshop on the traditional Persian form, the ghazal. As well as winning numerous awards for her poetry, Mimi is the founder of the Poetry School, where she teaches. C £7 TICKETS: F £10 Saturday, 5 May, 7.30pm

MIMI KHALVATI Multi award-winning Mimi Khalvati has published seven collections with Carcanet Press, including the T.S. Eliot Prize-shortlisted The Meanest Flower (2007). Her most recent collection, Child: New and Selected Poems 1991-2011 is a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. Mimi has also held fellowships with The Royal Literary Fund and the International Writing Program in Iowa. She will be in conversation with Parvin Loloi. TICKETS: F £5 C £3.50 PTL £1.80 www.dylanthomas.com

This - the first of what will be an annual event - includes displays, recordings and films, and the premier of a new play, Love the Words. 10.30: Animated Under Milk Wood 12.00: Animated Under Milk Wood 2.00: Love the Words The first stage performance of Under Milk Wood took place on May 14th ,1953, at the Poetry Center, New York, with Dylan and five others – all experienced actors and members of staff at the Center. Their final instruction from Dylan was “love the words”. Devised by Fluellen and written by Francis Hardy, Love The Words looks at the genesis of the play, its influences and inspiration. It also recreates that first ever performance and discovers the stories behind those involved on that most iconic day for Welsh literature. Film screenings free and suitable for all ages TICKETS FOR LOVE THE WORDS ARE: F £6 C £4.20 PTL £2.80 3


EUAN THORNEY CROFT

PHILIP GROSS

GWEN DAVIES

Wednesday, 16 and Thursday, 17 May, 7.30pm

Thursday, 17 May, 10am – 5pm

ROUGH DIAMONDS

WRITERS’ DAY

From war correspondents in Gaza to petty criminals in Swansea, from a courtroom drama which sees the UK itself on trial to a Papal crisis of confidence which brings heaven and earth together in a spectacular showdown. These are just some of this year’s exciting collection of new plays from MA students on Swansea University’s Creative Writing programme. Writers include: Jack Branford, Michael Carey, Kathy Chamberlain, Ding Shun, Keri-Ann Edwards, Pippa Hawkins, Dai Howe, Megan Jones, Sarah Jones, Kelsey Richards, David Shannon, Michele Smith, Géraldine Smits, Kerry Steed, Laura Stowe and Emma Whitney. The evenings, comprising specially selected extracts from the plays, will be introduced and directed by playwright D.J.Britton, Lecturer in Dramatic Writing at Swansea University. The works will be performed by Swansea’s outstanding Fluellen Theatre Company. ALL TICKETS: £3

A day of readings, discussions and performances, organised jointly by the universities of Swansea and Trinity Saint David. Featuring  Gwen Davies (New Welsh Review), Fiona Sampson (Poetry Review’s former editor), agent Euan Thorneycroft and poet Philip Gross. Free entry, but please book a place by calling 01792 463980.

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MAY - AUGUST 2012


CHRIS TORRANCE

CHRIS VINE

MARK JENKINS

Saturday, 19th May, 1pm

Friday, 25 May, 7.30pm

Wednesday, 30 May, 7.30pm

THEATRE-IN-FOCUS: fluellen THEATRE PRESENT

HEAT POETS

DOWN TOWN PARADISE BY MARK JENKINS

ALAN BENNETT’S GREEN FORMS Doris and Doreen are office workers in the days before computers, email and team building. They have turned workavoidance into an art form, but times must inevitably change. The wit and humour of Alan Bennett is a pure joy. All Theatre-In-Focus presentations are script-in-hand, and preceded by a talk about the playwright. ALL TICKETS: £5 www.dylanthomas.com

Poetry and music with Chris Torrance and Chris Vine. Torrance has featured in a number of key Revival anthologies, including Conductors of Chaos and Other: British and Irish Poetry since 1970. His major work is the ongoing Magic Door sequence. Vine has worked with companies such as Earthfall, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and the Centre for Performance Research. He is currently based in Brazil, working as composer with Verve Cia de Dança. TICKETS: F £5 C £3.50 PTL £1.80

Rachel is a young lawyer determined to fight oppression, but will the world inside California’s Santanero prison be more than a match for her? measured and provoking ‘‘ Adrama, confident in its craftsmanship… A powerhouse of emotion Kate Stratton, Evening Standard.

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ANTON CHEKOV

RHIAN EDWARDS

Wednesday, 30 May, 7.30pm

Thursday, 31 May, 7.30pm

Saturday, 9 June, 1pm

FUKUSHIMA DAI-ICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT - JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE PROGRAMME, EDF

POETS AT THE DTC WITH RHIAN EDWARDS

THEATRE-IN-FOCUS: fluellen THEATRE PRESENT

EDF, who sent a response team to Japan last March, tell the story of the events, their effects on the immediate area of Japan and on personnel and population, and the lessons learned. TICKETS: Free entry

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Clueless Dogs (Seren) is Rhian Edwards’ first full collection. Already a noted performer of both her songs and poetry, this book confirms her startling talent. She’s the winner of the 2011 John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry and Audience Prize, and Ian McMillan describes her as “an astounding Welsh poet with performances that get you in the emotional gut”. Includes open mic. TICKETS: F £4 C £2.80 PTL £1.60

ANTON CHEKOV’S THE BEAR A widow, deep in mourning, is visited by a creditor of her late husband who angrily claims the money he is owed. Chekhov’s wonderful comedy is full of subtle insights into the human condition. All Theatre-In-Focus presentations are script-in-hand and preceded by a talk about the playwright. ALL TICKETS: £5

MAY - AUGUST 2012


Monday 18, Tuesday, 19 and Wednesday, 20 June, 7pm

THE SCHOOL SHAKESPEARE OLYMPIAD Celebrate the Olympic Games with a unique collaboration between Fluellen Theatre Company, the Dylan Thomas Centre and secondary schools in south Wales. Follow the Olympic Torch on an imaginary journey via scenes from Shakespeare’s plays performed by the schools. The route starts in Athens (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and continues via Illyria (Twelfth Night), Verona (Romeo and Juliet), Northern France (Henry V), Scotland (Macbeth), ending in East London (Henry IV Part 2). TICKETS: F £6 C £4.50 U16 £1 www.dylanthomas.com

Friday, 22 June, 7pm

TERRY HETHERINGTON AWARDS EVENING Celebrate the achievements of this year’s entrants into the £1000 Terry Hetherington Award for writers under 30. Winner Lowri Llewelyn Astley, second placed Mao Jones and third placed Georgia Carys Williams TERRY will receive their awards and read HETHERINGTON alongside other entrants. We’ll also launch Cheval 5, which contains a selection of this year’s entries, and is published by Parthian Books. TICKETS: Free entry

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Thursday, 28 June, 7.30pm

POETS AT THE DTC WITH ANNE-MARIE FYFE JOHN HARRISON

Wednesday, 27 June, 7.30pm

JOHN HARRISON: FORGOTTEN FOOTPRINTS Welsh Book of the Year Winner John Harrison journeys into the heads and hearts of those who were driven to explore Antarctica, in an evening of stories, both personal and historical, from a traveller with many years’ experience of this mysterious continent. Features stunning photography and atmospheric soundscapes. John is a travel guide, adventurer, and award-winning writer whose most recent book is Cloud Road. TICKETS: F £7 C £4.60 PTL £2.40 8

Anne-Marie Fyfe’s collections include Understudies: New and Selected Poems (Seren, 2010). She has won the Cardiff International Poetry Prize; runs CoffeeHouse Poetry’s readings and workshops at London’s Troubadour, organises the annual Hewitt Spring Festival in the Glens of Antrim, and chaired the Poetry Society from 2006-2009. Includes open mic. TICKETS: F £4 C £2.80 PTL £1.60

MAY - AUGUST 2012


CHARLES DICKENS

RHYS OWAIN WILLIAMS

Saturday, 11 August, 1pm

Saturday, 14 July, 1pm

Thursday, 26 July, 7.30pm

THEATRE-IN-FOCUS:

POETS AT THE DTC WITH THEATRE-IN-FOCUS: fluellen THEATRE PRESENT ADAM SILLMAN AND RHYS OWAIN WILLIAMS CHARLES DICKENS’ A double header to celebrate a THE LAMPLIGHTER

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BRIAN FRIEL’S AFTERPLAY A small run down café in 1920s Moscow: Uncle Vanya’s niece, Sonya, is sitting alone until the Three Sisters’ downtrodden brother, Andrei, arrives. Ireland’s greatest living writer gives us his own brilliant and very individual take on Chekhov. All Theatre-In-Focus presentations are script-in-hand and preceded by a talk about the playwright. ALL TICKETS: £5 www.dylanthomas.com

new series published under the banner of The Crunch spoken word night at Mozart’s. The Crunch Poets Volume 1 features Crunch co-founder, Adam Sillman, alongside another Swansea poet with a growing reputation, Rhys Owain Williams. Includes open mic. TICKETS: F £4 PTL £1.60

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In the bicentennial of Charles Dickens’ birth, a rare chance to see the farce that he wrote especially for the Victorian comic actor William Charles Macready. All Theatre-in-Focus presentations are script-in-hand and preceded by a talk about the playwright. ALL TICKETS: £5

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Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the details of this programme are accurate, the City & County of Swansea reserve the right to alter any part of the programme without notice. Photo credits: Rhys Owain Williams by Rhys Jones

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