The Edinburgh Guide awarded Malvern Theatres Young Company a five star review for its ‘exquisite’ production of Under Milk Wood at this year’s Fringe – the world’s biggest arts festival.
Theatre chief executive Nic Lloyd’s skilful direction of the Dylan Thomas classic was given special mention in the glowing review, which said the show ‘should not be missed’.
The piece was performed in the round at Malvern before it transferred to Ediburgh, where critic Angela Milton sang the praises of the ‘strong and capable ensemble’.
She said: “All of the young actors are given an opportunity to demonstrate their skill which they do with an ability well beyond their years, powerfully engaging the storytelling on and around the stage.
“Through the voices of this ensemble, the words and sounds of the piece become palpably alive, flowing effortlessly around us.”
She continued: “This is a production that truly allows the poetic genius of Thomas’ language and storytelling to take centre stage and should not be missed.”
Edinburgh Guide Review: “An exquisite production of Dylan Thomas’ play, this young company demonstrate the strength of theatre by allowing the beauty of words to shine through. Thomas’ lyricism is clearly and dynamically presented, working particularly well in the round thanks to the skill of director Nic Lloyd.
Using only one prop and specifically timed staging, the world of Llareggub is brought to life. Because of the nature of this play it is extremely important that the words are spoken clearly: through the voices of this ensemble, the words and sounds of the piece become palpably alive, flowing effortlessly around us. The various characters are very clear with such a strong and capable ensemble – all of the young actors are given an opportunity to demonstrate their skill which they do with an ability well beyond their years, powerfully engaging the storytelling on and around the stage.
The musicality of the language and the choreography of the movement on stage work together beautifully, with some particularly evocative chorus sections. This is a production that truly allows the poetic genius of Thomas’ language and storytelling to take centre stage and should not be missed.”
“A first class version of this classic. There is nothing one could fault this performance & presentation. I sat in awe. Much talent here for London’s West End from these actors.
“Brilliant, a very young cast, two apparently only 16 (Director info.) However acted to the standard of London’s west end. Made the poetry live.”
“Excellent performances communicate the humour and pathos of Thomas’ poetry beautifully, with clarity, intimacy and vibrancy. The staging kept the show dynamic and engaging – and is an excellent example of how to stage work in the round. It is accessible, engaging and worthy of its five star reviews.”
“**** Brilliant. Brought Dylan Thomas to life
As someone who had not read the piece before or know even what it was about, I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t follow the piece. Couldn’t have been more wrong. Excellent performances, funny in places and insightful – a great sideways look at a Welsh town. Strongly recommended.”
Nic Lloyd said: “I’m always proud of our hardworking Young Company and I’m delighted that they have received this brilliant review, particularly as for many of them it was their first time away from home.
“The Young Company is a fantastic opportunity for Malvern’s young people to try drama, be it on stage or behind the scenes. We are committed to giving our youngsters a platform to express themselves and to work in a professional environment.
“We want to provide a springboard for the next generation of arts professionals, but we also want to inspire a lifelong love of drama. Tickets for Young Company performances in Malvern are free, encouraging more people to see their excellent work.”
Any young person can audition to be part of Malvern Theatres Young Company and participation is subsidised by the theatre.
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