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For this week’s episode of Newsbook.com.mt‘s online cultural programme ‘Take a Bow‘, Coryse Borg interviews Robert Orchard, the founder of Moonlight Theatre – a British company which will be staging their production of Under Milk Wood, the classic play by acclaimed Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas.

Orchard explains that this production is made up of quite a ‘mature’ cast – apart from the main role, First Voice, played by an actor in his 20s; the rest of the ensemble range from mid-50s to mid-70s. And there is a lot of doubling of parts… with 69 speaking parts and only 11 actors, that is inevitable.

The play will be very simply staged and all the actors are onstage throughout the play.The plot of the play revolves round 24 hours in the life of a small Welsh fishing town, and the lives of the eccentric characters who live there. Not much actually ‘happens’, but we see and hear of their dreams, hopes, fears, loves and losses through the eyes of a host of colourful characters who can be universally recognised… part of the reason the play has been translated into some 30 languages and performed all over the world.

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The Moonlight Theatre production of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas will be performed at Valletta Campus Theatre (ex MITP), Valletta, on the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th October 2019, with all performances starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets start at €10 and are available online.