Showcase sessions

  • St Francis and the Sultan: A starting point for Middle-East reconciliation? A multidisciplinary research project

  • Chelsea Dreaming: An excerpt from D.J. Britton's acclaimed radio play performed by students from Texas A&M University

College Station: 30th October

Austin: 31st October

D.J.Britton, Director of Studies in Creative Writing at Swansea University, is an award-winning dramatist, director and dramaturge.

His recent stage plays include the much acclaimed 'The Wizard, the Goat and the Man Who Won the War', drawn from the life of  British Prime Minister David Lloyd George which received three nominations at the Wales Theatre Awards.

David  moved to Wales from Australia, where he headed  the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio drama department.

His work now features regularly on the BBC: Most recently his dramatisation of 'The White Guard',  adapted from Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel, gave a new perspective on the current troubles in Ukraine.

His Australian stage credits include 'Cargo' (Swan Gold Award, Play of the Year) and his co-adaptation of Elizabeth Jolley’s 'The Newspaper of Claremont Street', whilst his epic theatre work 'Plainsong' was a major hit at the Millennium Perth International Festival of the Arts, winning the Equity Award for Production of the Year.


Chelsea Dreaming


The Chlesea Hotel is arguably the coolest address in New York, with residents ranging from Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell to Andy Warhol and Jimi Hendrix. And Chelsea Dreaming -- which premiered live at Swansea University in September-- is without doubt the year’s coolest celebration of the Dylan Thomas centenary.

Featuring some of Wales’s best-known actors and most exciting jazz musicians, Chelsea Dreaming is drawn from D.J.Britton’s original BBC Radio play and CD, described by Sue Arnold in the Guardian as “brilliant”.

The show takes the form of a dramatic conversation between the voice of the Chelsea Hotel and the spirit of Dylan Thomas, illustrated by scenes from their wild memories and fantasies. All this is blended with the cool jazz prevalent of New York in the 1950s, where Thomas spent his last conscious moments in Room 206 at the Chelsea.

As part of the Showcase, students and musicians from Texas A&M University will perform an excerpt from Chelsea Dreaming, under the direction of D.J. Britton.