Venue – Assembly Hall, Ballie Room, Mound Place
These two one man shows were my twin favourites of the festival this year. The two performances by Rhodri Miles were done on alternate days. Clown in the Moon chronicled the life of Dylan Thomas while the other was about Richard Burton (the actor not the explorer)
Both had wit, pathos and onamatapia and were finely acted by Rhodri Miles who managed to both look and sound like his subjects. He wasn’t quite there with Burton but to be fair that’s a mighty big ask. One of my all time favourite narrrations is Burton’s in War of the Worlds, what a voice!.
Having once been something of a cultural philistine (some people say I still am) it’s an absolute joy to discover something, that although you knew about, you’d dismissed as either unmanly or poncey. Poetry has been one of those subjects but the performance of Dylan Thomas’s poetry was a revelation. The absolute highlight from both performances was the finale of Clown in the Moon when Rhodri/Dylan recited the poem “Do not go gentle into that good night” Spine tingling.
The legacy of watching these performances is that it has spurred me on to further action and as I write young Alex is burning me some recitals done by both Dylan Thomas and Richard Burton plus I am in the process of obtaining more detailed biographies of both men.
A five star performance and if you get a chance to see either of them, do it.