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New Commercial Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village launched by New York Fun Tours and Welsh Assembly Government

 

Debunking myths about Dylan Thomas in an official walking tour of New York’s historic Greenwich Village.

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New Yor, 17.2.2011: Dylan Thomas was greeted like a rock star when he crossed America to give his legendary readings to huge audiences. In Greenwich Village, he was able to enjoy literary and musical pursuits in more relaxed and less public way. The architecture and atmosphere appealed to him. He wrote to his parents saying that he found Washington Square Park, ‘ very beautiful.’

St Luke in the Fields inspired Dylan’s “Child’s Christmas in Wales,”he went to visit his pal ee cummings in Patchin Place, and ate his first meal in America (which he said was as big as a month’s ration for a British family).

The two hour tour was created in association with Aeronnwy Thomas, Dylan’s daughter who was able to ‘trial’ the tour just before she died. The tour guide is Ianto Roberts whose voice has an uncanny similarity to Dylan’s. He weaves tales about the extrovert bohemian artists of 1950’s Greenwich Village in with stories about Thomas’ life and death in New York.

This is the Official Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of York,a collaborationof the Welsh Assembly Government in New York and the family of Dylan Thomas.

The first tour is Sunday March 6th 2011 at 11am. $25.00 per ticket. And every Sunday after that.

To book visit: http://www.newyorkfuntours.com/contact.html

 

Clwyd Theatr Cymru revisits New York with new Welsh Play

Pieces, a new play by Hywel John, will tour to 59E59 Theaters in Manhattan as part of Brits Off Broadway 2010, the annual festival celebrating new British theatre.Clwyd Theatr Cymru is the largest British theatre company taking part in this year’s festival.

This is the company’s second visit to the USA following critical acclaim for Memory, a new play by Welsh writer Jonathan Lichtenstein, directed by Terry Hands, as part of the 2007 Brits Off Broadway festival.

The Welsh Assembly Government in New York has worked with Clwyd Theatr Cymru to help promote both productions in New York. Their marketing partnership with Clwyd Theatr Cymru and 59E59 Theatres to promote the ‘Pieces’ production and the Welsh performing arts is part of the Welsh Assembly’s work in raising the profile of Wales in America.

Hywel John’s first play is directed by Kate Wasserberg, Director of New Plays at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. ‘Pieces’ is a dark fable exploring childhood bereavement.

Beatrice and Jack are twins who have tragically become orphans. Now, there is no one to take care of them except Sophie, their Godmother. This ill-prepared and grieving young woman arrives at the children’s remote family home in the Welsh borders. Sophie has not seen the children since they were tiny: too tiny for them to remember her. In an isolated house on the edge of a forest, their collective grief triggers a tragic chain of events as they attempt to remember and recreate the past.

 

"… a demonic contemporary fairytale whose psychological surety will leave you in pieces ****" The Guardian

PIECES PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Nov. 3 - 21

59E59 Theater C

Tue – Wed 7:30

Thu-Fri 8:30

Sat 2:30 & 8:30

Sun 3:30 & 7:30

$25 (59E59 Members $17.50)

Press opening: Nov. 9

Use the code CYMRU when buying tickets for any performance of PIECES (subject to availability).

 

In person at 59E59 Theaters Box Office

59 East 59thStreet (btw. Park & Madison)

New York, NY 10022

212-279-4200 (Ticket Central)

http://www.59e59.org//ohttp://www.59e59.org/

http://britsoffbroadway.com//ohttp://britsoffbroadway.com/

Writer: Hywel John

Director: Kate Wasserberg

Original Design and Costume Designer: Mark Bailey

Sound:Andrea J. Cox

:Andrea J. Cox

 

ACTORS

Jennifer Kidd

 

CLWYD THEATR CYMRU -Led by Terry Hands, Director since 1997, Clwyd Theatr Cymru is the largest and most productive theatre in Wales. A world-class drama company, it stages eight productions each year, many of which tour – bringing the best to the most.

Images Credit: Nobby Clark

 


 

Louise Collins

Steven Meo

Pieces:

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"Spine-tingling"The Stage

Men Aloud hit television channels USA-wide

Only Men Aloud, under their US name Men Aloud, are appearing on Public Broadcasting stations throughout the USA this summer and autumn as part of a major annual fundraiser for PBS. The promotion will feature pre-recorded footage of the choir in a concert at the Wales Millennium Centre and interviews with founder and conductor of Only Men Aloud Tim Rhys Evans who talks about Wales and his own vision for bringing the Welsh choral tradition into the 21st century.

Public Broadcasting in the USA is a network of TV stations that broadcast quality programs and carry no commercials. The stations rely on donations from viewers to keep them afloat. Viewers who pledge money during the Men Aloud fundraising drive will receive copies of the new 'Men Aloud - Live from Wales' DVDs and CDs which have just been released in the US market.

The Welsh Assembly Government in New York worked closely with Only Men Aloud and their agent Merlin Media Group to make this promotion happen. Catrin Brace of the New York office said, ˜We have enjoyed working with OMA on this project and hope that the publicity gained from this very important promotion will help OMA on their way to becoming a professional choir and create jobs in the Creative Sector in Wales. The promotion will also go a long way towards our aim of raising the profile of Wales in the USA."



Talking Pictures

Celebrity photographer Cambridge Jones captures creative personalities in poses that surprise, delight and go against type. In order that visitors to his new autumn show can really connect with each image, Cambridge asked each of his subjects, to deliver a short audio message. So accompanying each image is a spontaneous answer to the question CJ poses at the end of each shoot – Tell me who or what inspired you?

Stars include: Anthony Hopkins, Michael Sheen, Bryn Terfel, Terry Jones, Rhys Ifans, Stereophonics, Jonathan Pryce, Damian Lewis and Shirley Bassey

A unique exhibition that opens over the month of September at four major transatlantic gallery spaces:

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL http://www.wmc.org.uk//ohttp://www.wmc.org.uk/

Sep 6 to Oct 25

Proud Galleries Central, London

32 John Adam Street, WC2N 6BP http://www.proud.co.uk//ohttp://www.proud.co.uk/

Sep 6 to Sept 12

Canary Wharf, London,

The Lobby, One Canada Square, E14 5AB http://www.canarywharf.com/mainfrm1.asp/ohttp://www.canarywharf.com/mainfrm1.asp

Sep 14 to Oct 1

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

40 Lincoln Center Plaza, NY 10023 http://www.nypl.org/locations/lpa/ohttp://www.nypl.org/locations/lpa

Sep 20 to Nov 27

Culminating in a prestigious invitation for an exhibition at:

The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park

4800 Hollywood Blvd, CA 90027 http://www.barnsdallartpark.com//ohttp://www.barnsdallartpark.com/

March 3 – April 3. 2011

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:

Looking at Cambridge Jones’ portraits is often like visiting old friends but marveling at how revealing and different they look. Talking Pictures is a collection of fresh and dynamic images. Cambridge Jones’ portraits are revealing and direct and often playful. He says, " I shoot celebrities as people rather than people as celebrities.

I like my portraits to be honest without any veneer. I want a visual connection between the viewer and the subject, often jumping out of the frame. I am pleased when they walk out of a session an hour or so later and comment that they don't feel they have been photographed. It’s almost incidental that the encounter involved a camera."

He’s been described as Britain’s answer to Annie Leibovitz and he is flattered with the comparison but in the audio accompanying the exhibit he explains that his process is more relaxed.

David Bailey was the greatest influence for Cambridge and he tells us about that and the tricks of his process in the accompanying audio. For one of his subjects, Michael Sheen, surprisingly it was not an actor but a controversial and often stinging critic, Kenneth Tynan that inspired him. For Damian Lewis, dashing star of Band of Brothers, incongruously perhaps, it’s traditional Gilbert and Sullivan and Terry Jones says it was going to the Esher Embassy and watching Danny Kaye "being silly". The subjects of Talking Pictures span many generations. The elegant young designer Emma Griffiths, who looks stunning in her monochrome outfit, says that her idol was Alexander McQueen. She adds, "ironically I worked for him later on and it was a little bit surreal".

A common DNA joins photographer and subject and that’s simply and magnificently - Wales. As Cambridge worked his way through the shoot and met these celebrities who are passionate about Wales, he too became more inspired by his heritage.

INTERVIEW SUBJECTS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Cambridge Jones photographer

Cambridge Jones photographer

http://www.cambridgejones.com/tvappeareances.html

 


 

World’s Top Cash Award for Young Writers Launches with Literary Fireworks in Boston

Literary figures and cultural celebrities gathered on March 2 at the British Consulate in Boston to celebrate and officially launch the world’s top prize exclusively for young writers, the 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize.

The new, ultra-high-tech "green" Consulate was abuzz with a mix of literary stars from nearby MIT and Harvard mingling with the elite of British academia who had flown out for this unusual transcontinental cultural event. Remarkable in its scope, the Prize pits poetry, short stories, novels, novellas, stage plays and screenplays in a head-to-head battle for international prestige and a cash award of nearly $50,000 (£30,000).

The gala, featuring lectures and readings from guest speakers including Chair of the Dylan Thomas Prize Peter Stead, author Tessa Dahl, the poet Kurt Heinzelman from the University of Texas, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, was marked by excitement and even controversy over an unprecedented competition between the various forms of literature.

"It’s a bit of a mare’s nest," was Harvard Review Editor Christina Thompson’s friendly warning, speaking to the challenges of judging poems against prose, novels against screenplays.

"Whatever your metier is, you’ll think yours is the best. A poet of course will think poetry ought to win, and a novelist or dramatist will think their form is best," insisted Tessa Dahl, and wondered, "But how can you, really, pit a ten-line poem against a 300-word novel? It’s not really fair, is it?"

But despite the controversy, Professor Stead was, true to his name, steadfast in his defense of the competition rules. "The Prize was given this unique format as a reflection of Dylan Thomas’s own writing—for he was a poet, prose writer and playwright. Just as with the Nobel Prize and the Pulitzer, our judges seek excellence," countered Professor Stead, "And the judges, each of whom have their own individual area of expertise, are charged with the task of establishing true excellence. It is our view and our experience that any literary critic worth his or her salt can identify excellence whatever the genre. It would be a poor critic indeed who stood out for their own form of writing in the face of true quality in another genre."

Held to coincide with Wales’ most important national holiday, St David’s Day, the date of the ceremony also marked the exact 60th anniversary of the first public reading by Dylan Thomas in Boston, on March 1, 1950.

A "rock star" of poetry known worldwide, Dylan Thomas was a regular visitor to the United States, drawing sold out crowds and thrilling audiences with his dramatic readings before he died in New York at the age of 39. The eponymous Prize reflects Thomas’ own creative diversity, for while best known as a poet, in his brief life he excelled in a wide range of literary forms.

Entries for the 2010 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize must be submitted by the publisher, editor, literary agent, or in the case of film scripts and stage plays, by the producer. Writers must be 18-30 years old, and the literary works must have been published within the past year to be eligible for competition. Submission deadline is April 30, 2010.

The selected finalists who make the short list of this year’s competition will be flown to the British Isles, where they will be feted at prestigious Prize events, as well as participate in educational programs presented by the Prize’s title sponsor the University of Wales at schools, colleges and universities across the country.

For more information about the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize, and for complete entry rules and guidelines, please visit www.thedylanthomasprize.com