A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES is one of Dylan Thomas’s most popular works. The story is a timeless classic and anecdotal retelling of a Christmas from the view of a young child; a romanticized version of Christmases past, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time in a small Welsh town populated with exaggerated characters, wolves, bears hippos and Mrs. Prothero’s legendary cat.
“All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; a
nd they stop at the rim of the ice-edged, fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hand in the snow and bring out whatever I can find…”
Dylan Thomas creates an emotive sense of nostalgia. In our collective idyllic memories, the snow of our childhood past is far better and much more exciting than the snow we experience as adults; „It was snowing. It was always snowing at Christmas.”
Dylan Thomas originally wrote A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES for radio and recorded it himself in 1952. With this recording, Thomas singlehandedly launhed the Audio Book Industry in the USA, where he was enormously popular. The Welsh poet and writer enjoyed performing his texts himself and his public readings won him great acclaim. His sonorous voice with a subtle Welsh lilt became nearly as famous as his works. Our reading features Welsh actor and singer Derrick Jenkins; who had a personal encounter with Dylan Thomas as a young boy in Wales. He will be accompanied on the Harp by Lucia Cericola.
Show time: December 5, 20:00h at Merlin
Featuring: Derrick Jenkins, Lucia Cericola