“Under Milk Wood” is a humorous work by Dylan Thomas, and is considered one of the finest works in modern English literature. A theatrical company with a UK cast will give a number of performances of this play in Malta.
“Under Milk Wood” stands out or its poetic language and universal themes, which alternate between saddening situations and humour.
It is a story of a typical day in a village on the Welsh coast, where we meet up with characters who are viewed from the perspective of a sea captain with a vision impairment. Nothing really happens, but at the same time much takes place.
The married couple with upsetting behaviour stand out, as well as the elderly eccentrics, the idealistic youth, the altruistic teacher, not to mention the killer instinct which could possibly be concealed in the subconscious of one of them.
The play’s director John Rhys Thomas commented on Dylan’s use of the English language.
“He was also a broadcaster for the BBC. and Under Milk Wood I think he saw as being representative of the kind of people who live in small villages and he felt that they showed pathos and showed a great deal of humour in their lives”.
The play has been interpreted on numerous occasions, also with the participation of prolific actors like Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Sheen.
In Malta, the cast of Moonlight Theatre – a company set up by Robert Orchard – will mix the recital with musical intercepts and animated pieces which add life to the production.
The play is being performed at the Valletta Campus Theatre until Sunday.