In celebration of 100 years since his birth Clown in the Moon (the title of a poem written when Dylan was 14) is a dramatic portrait of the poet's chaotic, frequently hilarious, and all too brief life.
Located in a BBC studio, it sets some of Dylan's famous broadcasts and iconic works alongside vivid reminiscences of his clownish antics in pubs, bars and parties, and his encounters with a host of eccentric and volatile women. This solo show is directed by the award-winning director and actor Gareth Armstrong (Shylock, My Darling Clemmie, Rape of Lucrece, Becoming Marilyn) and is written by award-winning writer Gwynne Edwards (Burton, Dylan Thomas in America).
Rhodri Miles returns to the stage at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on March 28, to play Dylan Thomas after his previous sell-out tour of the critically acclaimed 'Burton', winner of the 'Best International Show' at the Hollywood Fringe Festival - 2010.
“Having played Richard Burton in the critically acclaimed solo show ‘Burton’ to packed houses around Wales and England for the last four years (also earning a best actor award at the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2010) Rhodri Miles has teamed up once again with ‘Burton’ award winning writer Gwynne Edwards (Burton, Dylan Thomas in America) for this latest production - Dylan Thomas ‘Clown in the Moon’ directed by acclaimed director Gareth Armstrong.
“I will be running out of Welsh iconic figures after this” says Rhodri.” The most important thing to remember when playing famous figures (just look at Michael Sheen’s creations) is to capture the person’s essence as opposed to doing a straight impersonation.
I think this piece about the famous poet’s life is hilarious throughout and Gwynne has worked wonders once again filling the piece with the whit, cleverness and genius associated with Dylan Thomas (interwoven with renditions of his most famous works) with the later darker poignant aspects of his life leading up to his untimely death in New York at 39”.
“Dylan Thomas:Clown in the Moon” is co-produced by the Grand theatre Swansea, supported and funded by the Arts council of Wales
The performance starts at 7.30pm. To book contact the ticket office on 01970 62 32 32 or go online www.aber.ac.uk/artscentre.