Few people realize the special significance of the name of the ‘home’ of SLT as the Dylan Thomas Theatre.
In 1931, on leaving work at the South Wales Evening Post, Dylan decided to join his sister and become a member of SLT. He travelled on the Mumbles train to Mumbles where the society presented its plays in an old church hall in Southend.
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of his death, the society mounted a special exhibition illustrating the years he spent with the society.Much of the material was taken from our archives which provided amusing anecdotes, press cuttings and photographs never before published. With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a permanent exhibition has been mounted in the theatre’s reception area.
All this material is included in a wonderful book, written by Heather Holt called “Dylan, The Actor“. Copies are available from the theatre.
Also included on display is a complete set of Ceri Richard lithographs, illustrating characters from Dylan’s “Under Milk Wood“ which Ceri completed at an SLT rehearsal, so the characters carry a semblance of the member. Also on show is a striking lithograph of Dylan’s poem, “Death Shall Have No Dominion”.
As Dylan’s daughter, the late Aeronwy Thomas Ellis stated
” I have no doubt that this early acting experience with the company had tremendous influence on my father’s subsequent career”.