All Saints’ College in Bull Creek Perth, has scored a major coup after securing Olivier Award-winning actor Guy Masterson – the great-nephew of Richard Burton – as artist-in-residence this February.
And as part of his residency, he will be performing a one-off solo production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood on February 26.
Masterson an actor, director, producer and writer spent time in Hollywood in the late ’80s before returning to the UK. With over 21 consecutive seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Masterson has become a highly-awarded and nominated independent theatre producer, recieving an Olivier Award for best entertainment.
Using nothing but a wooden chair, dark glasses, apposite lighting and a haunting soundscape, Masterson will perform the entire work himself, playing some 69 characters – men, women and children.
Originally a 1954 radio drama starring his great uncle Richard Burton, Under Milk Wood was later adapted for the stage. It explores the intimate dreams and innermost desires of the inhabitants of Llareggub, a small fictional sea-town in Wales. It is believed Thomas wrote Under Milk Wood as a reaction to the bombing of Hiroshima to illustrate that beauty and innocence still existed in the world.
All Saints’ College head of the arts Stephen Roberts said, ‘The school offered Masterson the residency after noting he was performing at the Adelaide Festival in 2016. There were a number of stars that aligned and when we started to fit together a program it seemed perfect that he could offer a solo performance of Under Milk Wood.”
“As a school, I was looking for an artist to work specifically with students on the art of creating and performing original solo works. Guy’s performance of Under Milk Wood will assist in highlighting examples of the skills and requirements of a solo artist.”
Under Milk Wood plays at the All Saints’ College Centre for Performing Arts (Ewing Avenue, Bull Creek) Friday February 26th at 7:00pm.
Bookings through All Saints College.