Sunday, 26 October 2014

Peter Read's Dylan Thomas's Final Journey - Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, 24th October 2014


Peter Read brings Dylan Thomas's Final Journey, his one man show, to Halifax's Square Chapel Centre for the Arts for just one evening and shares with the audience the Welsh poet's final journey.  Read, a Welsh writer, performs as Dylan Thomas from his struggles as a writer in London up to his three trips to America for his poetry reading and talks.  This coincides the poet's centenary year of his birth.

A thorough insight to the troubled poet is given in the show.  Good use of props and acting highlights Thomas's issues with alcohol from the consumption of whisky to standing up on a make shift platform to recite poems to an American audience.  Read makes references to some of Thomas's popular works such as Under Milk Wood which offers an insight to life and characters in a Welsh village.  Thomas is also renowned for some of poems such as Do not go gentle into that good night and And death shall have no dominion.

His poetic richness including rhythmic use of works and metaphoric imagery is acknowledge by Read when he makes references to some Thomas's key works with papers laid out on the table which he reads.  An interesting and insightful evening by Read whose Welsh heritage adds richness in resurrecting the poet for 60 minute show.

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