Posted by: KathrynThomas | May 27, 2014

Extraordinary Little Performance

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To celebrate the centenary year of Dylan Thomas’s birth, the National Trust was proud to present “Extraordinary Little Cough” at Rhossili this bank holiday weekend, with a little help from Adrian Metcalfe of the Lighthouse Theatre Company, from Mumbles, Swansea.

There are many Gower references in Dylan’s work and Rhossili was a favourite haunt. It is said the only thing that stopped Dylan living there was the unacceptably long distance to the nearest pub, in the days before The Worms Head Hotel.

He tells stories of being cut off on Worms Head as the tide comes in and wanting to build a house on the tidal isalnd and live there like kings.

So many of the places he mentions are now looked after by the National Trust, so where better to celebrate the man’s work.

Extraordinary Little Cough tells the story of a young Dylan and 3 friends on a camping trip to Rhossili.

As the bank holiday Monday dawned the sun was shining. The welsh cakes were ordered, our trusty band of volunteers were ready and waiting, and before long the tea urn was steaming away.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day. Adrian’s performance brought out the humour in Dylan’s work and the whole crowd were captivated. It was the perfect introduction to Dylan Thomas. Adrian made Thomas’s work very accessible for those who were unfamiliar with it.Who know’s… maybe they’ll be encouraged to read more.

Everyone was in fine spirit as we walked along the cliff track towards the Coastguard Lookout. We stopped off along the way to hear of Dylan’s adventures and the performance was topped off by refershments overlooking Worms Head.

What a perfect way to send the bank holiday!

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  1. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Perfect weather too. Well done all those involved.

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