Dylan Thomas's haunts acted out in guided tour of Swansea
A PERFORMANCE-BASED guided tour of Dylan Thomas's Swansea is being held this weekend.
The tour, being led by the Fluellen Theatre Company, starts from the Maritime Quarter's Dylan Thomas Centre tomorrow at 2pm and finishes at the No Sign Wine Bar on Wind Street at 4pm.
Its itinerary will also take in other locations of relevance to Dylan Thomas along the way, including Castle Square, Dylan Thomas Square, Castle Street and Alexandra Road.
Swansea Council has helped organise the tour.
Nick Bradley, the council's cabinet member for regeneration, said: "This is the second performance-based guided tour of Dylan's Swansea to take place in August. The first event was very well attended and we're hoping for a similar turnout on Saturday.
"Although the Swansea residents and visitors see today is a vastly different Swansea from the one in which Dylan grew up, the city still includes tangible remains and reminders of Dylan's Swansea to be discovered. The tour gives a fascinating insight into the places where Dylan grew up, worked and played, helping inspire some of his writing.
"It's events like this that help build excitement and momentum as we head towards marking the centenary of Dylan's birth next year."
Castle Square is home to the site of the former Evening Post building where Dylan worked as a journalist after leaving school. It's also site of the former Three Lamps pub that Dylan once frequented and the location of the former David Evans department store that was razed to the ground in the three-night blitz of 1941 and featured in one of his works, Return Journey.
Castle Street is the site of the original Kardomah Café where Dylan and the Kardomah Boys would regularly meet, and Alexandra Road is home to Swansea's BBC studios where the poet made several historic broadcasts. Dylan Thomas Square is home to statues of both Dylan himself and Captain Cat, a character that featured in Under Milk Wood.
Similar tours will also be undertaken in 2014 — the year that marks a century since Dylan's birth.
Have a look at www.dylanthomas.com for guided tour ticket information or call 01792 463980.