Written by Dylan Thomas
Created by Vanessa Hughes and Zoe Norton Lodge Produced by Tim Spencer
Performed at Sidetrack Theatre 2010
Dylan Thomasʼ Under Milk Wood is transformed as one woman walks you through a tapestry of dreams, murder, the smell of onions, tiny houses and magnificent words. A one woman show that is equal parts performance and multisensory media experiment.
In this dark and sleepy sea-side town of Llareggub, everyone has a secret. Stories trickle down the damp walls and waft out the windows into the salty air. Norton Lodge plays all 60 odd characters, surrounded by audio-visual scape that mediates whispering abstractions and crystal- lised images. Straight from a critically acclaimed season at Sydneyʼs Sidetrack Theatre.
‘But Under Milk Wood is a one-woman show only from a performance point of view. Vanessa Hughes’ direction imbues the play, originally written for radio, with a palpable sense of energy, and her multimedia backdrop provides a suitably vivid landscape. Natalie Hughes’ set design is likewise striking with its miniature lamp-lit houses.’ – Gareth Beal, Arts Hub
‘Hughes’ set and video installations are uniformly excellent. They’re simple and under- stated, adding to the performance rather than overpowering it. It’s a very confident and accom- plished production that I’m sure will have more seasons to come.’ – Eddie Sharp, Concrete Play- ground
‘..it’s well worth nominating Zoe Norton Lodge the theatrical revelation of the year so far. Her one-woman rendition of Under Milk Wood at Marrickville’s tiny new Sidetrack Theatre fairly sizzles with passion, talent, verve, physicality and stagecraft.’ – John Rozentals, Oz Baby Boomers
Under Milk Wood
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