Swansea Council staff at the Dylan Thomas Centre are performing an element of the story featured in Under Milk Wood on Twitter on Friday May 10.
Under Milk Wood is a 1950s radio drama later made into a film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The play features an all-knowing narrator who invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of a fictional small Welsh fishing village called Llareggub.
Twitter is a social networking website with the number of registered global users estimated at over 500 million. Each message, called a ‘Tweet’, is made up of no more than 140 characters.
Cllr Nick Bradley, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Extracts from a different part of Under Milk Wood were performed on Twitter last year, and the event was hugely successful. It helped win Dylan Thomas even more fans and showed his works can be performed in a very modern way.
“Dylan was a man of words and it’s fair to say he’d probably have been very active on Twitter had it been around in his heyday. Performing another extract from Under Milk Wood on Twitter will help raise further awareness of Dylan not just in the UK, but across the world too because of Twitter’s global reach.
“This will form part of our commitment to ensuring we do all we can to celebrate our links with our most famous son, especially as the 100th anniversary of his birth next year edges ever closer.”
This year’s Under Milk Wood exchange on Twitter will be made up of 31 Tweets periodically sent between 10am and 4.30pm. People will have the chance to ask any Dylan Thomas-related questions after the performance has finished.
Some of the characters featured in this year’s performance will include Dai Bread, Cherry Owen and Captain Cat.
People who'd like to follow the play should follow the Dylan Thomas Centre on http://www.twitter.com/
Other events taking place at Swansea’s Dylan Thomas Centre include ‘Under Milk Wood Days’, a series of special events on Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the play. A young writer’s workshop is being held on Saturday May 11 at 10am and then, at 1pm, the Fluellen Theatre Company will take a look at some of the play’s characters to discover how they’ve influenced other writers over the years.
Anyone looking for more information should visit http://www.dylanthomas.com or give 01792 463980 a call.