Old cinema tour ready to roll for Swansea's Dylan Thomas celebration
A TOUR of the former Swansea “fleapit” cinemas where Dylan Thomas developed his love of Hollywood and the screening of new television drama based on the poet will take place in the city in the summer.
They are part of the plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth next year.
Details of the two events, along with others set to take place in Swansea and across the country, have been unveiled in a new brochure — A Dylan Odyssey — released this week by Literature Wales.
Lleucu Siencyn, chief executive of Literature Wales said: “Odyssey is Wales’s best opportunity to show the world how Dylan’s words speak of the places and people he knew best. We can’t wait to take residents and visitors alike on these unforgettable adventures — each will be a highlight of the year.” Hollywood: The Mummy and the Old Dark House will take place on Saturday, July 19, with the cinema tour from 5pm and the screening at 7.30pm.
A spokeswoman for Literature Wales said: “The tour will make its way down High Street stopping for talks outside the Palace Theatre, the Elysium, Castle Cinema before arriving at the Carlton cinema, now Waterstones, on Oxford Street.
“The talk will be led by Dylan expert Jeff Towns and we will be calling at some of the cinemas that Dylan used to frequent.
“We will stop outside for a talk at each one.
“When we get to the Carlton we will go inside for coffee and sandwiches before Andrew Davies gives a talk on his new drama — A Poet in New York — which will be screened at the Grand Theatre that evening.”
Welsh TV writer Andrew Davies has won numerous awards for his script writing has been specially commissioned to write A Poet in New York for the DT 100 celebrations.
Joining them on the tour will be film critic Berwyn Rowlands , who will help Towns delve into Dylan’s love of Hollywood and the influence of 1930s/40s movie classics on his writing.
Other notable events highlighted in the brochure include Dylan Thomas’s War: The Pacifist, the Propagandist and the Swansea Blitz, which involves a tour of Dylan places in both Swansea and Gower on Saturday, June 7, and Dylan Thomas’s Swansea Uplands: the boy and the Young Dog Full tour, a lecture on Thomas’s birth house, 5 Cwmdonkin Drive, at the National Waterfront Museum on Saturday, July 12.
A Dylan Odyssey will run from May to November next year and forms part of the Welsh Government-led Dylan Thomas 100 Festival.