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Filming a wrap for drama about poet

September 18, 2013


IT'S a wrap! Filming for a new Dylan Thomas drama at the Boathouse in Laugharne was a success. The iconic building, which was painted green for filming, was the setting a new drama about the famous Welsh bard starring Rev actor Tom Hollander. The BBC production, A Poet in New York, written by Mr Selfridge creator Andrew Davies, will mark the centenary of the birth of the Under the Milkwood poet.

It charts the final weeks of Dylan, who died at the tragically young age of 39 in 1953 while on a lecture tour in New York.

Hollander is an English actor who has also appeared in the films Enigma, Gosford Park, Cambridge Spies, Pride & Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean, In the Loop, Valkyrie and Hanna.

He has been quoted as saying: Thomas was a great poet whose blazing life and premature death left both a considerable poetic legacy and an endearing reputation for bad behaviour.

Laugharne was a hive of activity last week as scenes for the drama were filmed at the Boathouse, Browns Hotel and other locations this week.

It is the building most closely associated with Dylan where he enjoyed a creative renaissance. He worked in the Writing Shed above the Boathouse with its remarkable and inspiring views of four estuaries. Poems written here include Do Not Go Gentle, Poem on His Birthday, Over Sir John's Hill as well as his most famous play for voices, Under Milkwood.

It was from the Boathouse that Dylan made the fateful journey to New York where he died; an early death that turned a talent into a legend.

The Boathouse, which is owned and managed by Carmarthenshire Council, was closed for filming but has now reopened to the public.

Executive board member for arts and leisure councillor Meryl Gravell said: It is good to see the Boathouse and Laugharne being featured in this documentary which will be part of the DT100 centenary celebrations. I'm sure it will encourage even more people to visit this iconic building, the town of Laugharne and Carmarthenshire.

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