Under Milk Wood – Semi-Skimmed!
An hilarious lyrical romp through Dylan Thomas’s fictional ‘Llarregub’.
Performed by Guy Masterson.
Monday 2 April : 7.30pm
Tuesday 3 April : 7.30pm
One of the most successful solo shows of all time with over 2000 performances worldwide!
23 years after its Edinburgh debut, Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson presents the highlights of his globally acclaimed solo tour-de-force Under Milk Wood (in a semi-skimmed version!) This 65 minute show is an hilarious lyrical romp through Dylan Thomas’s fictional ‘Llarregub’! It may be slimmed down, but it’s so rich and full that audiences would be hard pressed to know what he’s left out!
It has to be seen to be believed! In an astonishing performance that defies expectation, Masterson whisks the audience into a wonder-world of enchantment. Bawdy and beautiful, sad and sensual, it leaves indelible, unforgettable images. The beauty of Thomas’s wordplay and the mastery of Masterson’s virtuosity will leave you breathless.
By Dylan Thomas
Performed by Guy Masterson
Directed by Tony Boncza (with original direction by George Dillon)
Original music and Soundscape by Matt Clifford
Guy Masterson is a British actor, director, producer & writer. He was educated at Christ’s Hospital School and then Cardiff University where he graduated BSc Joint Honours in Biochemistry & Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude). He then studied drama at UCLA before starting an acting career in Hollywood in 1985. Guy returned to the UK in 1989 to study further at LAMDA, after which, he formed his own theatre company, Guy Masterson Productions, in 1991.
Guy began solo performing in 1991 with ‘The Boy’s Own Story’ which toured for two years and led, in 1993, to a 9 month stint in the West End with ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ starring Robert Lindsay & Julian Glover at the Theatre Royal Haymarket playing Bellerose. During this engagement, he learned the entire text of Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milk Wood’ which he then opened as a solo show at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in Febuary 1994 to huge acclaim. His first Edinburgh Fringe the subsequent August was a complete sell-out. He followed this, in 1995, with a solo adapataion of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ again at the Traverse and then the Edinburgh Fringe, the success of which launched Guy’s international career and lured him away from mainstream work. The following 22 seasons at the Edinburgh Festival saw his association with some of Edinburgh’s most celebrated hits as either actor, director or producer.
As an actor, he was first nominated for Edinburgh’s top acting award; The Stage Award for Best Actor for ‘A Soldier’s Song’ in 1998, and then won the award with his 4th solo piece, ‘Fern Hill & Other Dylan Thomas’ in 2001. He was nominated again for ‘Under Milk Wood’ in 2003 and, in 2011, he received his latest nomination for The Stage Best Solo Performance for ‘Shylock’. In 2003, he also received the Edinburgh’s most prestigious accolade, The Jack Tinker ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ Award.
His list of theatre credits over 30 years is too extensive to be listed here, however, highlights include Juror 4 in ’12 Angry Men’, both Hamlet and Claudius in ‘Hamlet’ (different productions!), Iago in ‘Othello’, Mercutio in ‘Romeo & Juliet’, Henry V, Oscar in ‘The Odd Couple’, Mick in ‘The Caretaker’ and Dame Dotty La Douche in ‘Beauty & The Beast’. In 2016, he entered the stand-up comedy world with “Love & Canine Integration’ which was subsequently retitled ‘Barking Mad’.
His producorial and directorial commitments have largely kept Guy away from the mainstream but film and TV acting remains his passion. Footage of him can still be found online as a Welsh thug in ‘Casualty’ (2005 Christmas Special), the Fire Chief in ‘Dirty War’ (2005) and as Peter Sutcliffe’s agent in Chris Morris’ infamously banned episode of ‘Brass Eye’. He is also well known in Germany and Austria since 2007 as the famous quizzical, beer swilling Franziskaner Monk!