A play by Swansea University's Dr Liz Wride has won a place in the Lost Theatre Festival in London.
Her drama Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive is a comic take on this year's Dylan Thomas celebrations. It opened to great success in February when it was premiered by the Cardiff-based Welsh Fargo Theatre Company, playing at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, Chapter Arts in Cardiff and the Newport Riverfront.
Liz took a BA in Media at Swansea, before going on to an MA and PhD in Creative Writing here.
The Lost Theatre awards have been running for 29 years. Plays are selected from all over Britain and are presented throughout the week at the Lost Theatre in South London's Wandsworth Road. This year's festival runs from May 26th - 31st. Liz's play has the special honour of opening the festival.
Set in the here and now, Number 5 Cwmdonkin Drive tells the story of the unfortunately named Thomas Dylan, whose 18th birthday falls on the same day as the Dylan Thomas centenary. His parents are lifelong fans of the great Swanse poet and young Tom's big fear is that the Dylan Thomas celebrations will cause his own coming of age to be forgotten. But he has reckoned without the power of poetry!
The London performance will be directed by Swansea University's Director of Studies in Creative Writing, D.J. Britton and will feature the original cast, with Lynn Hunter, Anthony Leader, Sam Harding, Charlotte Griffiths and Christopher Morgan.
As Liz told the Western Mail: '"The script was inspired by the Dylan Thomas quotes at Swansea Train Station and Swansea University's Fulton House. The fact that someone told me, 'All Swansea does is write Dylan Thomas' name all over the town's buildings' made me think about what life would be like for someone who didn't appreciate the poet's work but was surrounded by it on a daily basis. The play isn't a commemorative plaque, it's a living, breathing Dylan Thomas celebration.'
- Monday 19 May 2014 11.38 BST
- Tuesday 3 July 2018 15.24 BST
- RIAH, Swansea University