STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK BRITISH COUNCIL’S INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

What a year it’s been – the British Council Wales launched it’s Starless & Bible Black International Programme for Dylan Thomas 100 in December 2013 at the National Museum Cardiff. Read on for what is still to come (and information on some of the great programmes already undertaken worldwide)

British Council’s vision for Starless and Bible Black is to ensure that the centenary creates lasting cultural relations and impact by showcasing high quality Welsh work abroad in a spirit of mutuality, exchange and long term partnerships.

The bulk of the programme is taking place in 5 countries – India, Australia, Canada, the USA and Argentina but there has also been a collaboration with the Mountains to Sea Literary Festival in Ireland (August) and, coming up, a screening of Andrew Sinclair’s Under Milk Wood in Spain (Madrid).

The Council’s simple aim within the showcase is to develop collaborative performances alongside master classes and education workshops for teachers and practitioners.

USA

Claire Jones, former royal harpist to Prince Charles, and percussionist Chris Marshall premiered a new suite inspired by Dylan Thomas in New York on the evening of Feb 27th. Entitled Dylan, the suite is a four movement work tracing Dylan Thomas’ life and juxtaposing his time in Wales with his literary adventures in New York. There is lots more planned including the 92Y Michael Sheen performance of Under Milk Wood on October 27th 2014 (to be broadcast simutaneously on BBC Radio Wales) so be sure to check British Council USA for more information.

Australia

British Council will present Theatr Iolo’s Adventures in the Skin Trade, adapted by Lucy Gough, in the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre in May 2015. This will be the first time a Welsh Theatre Company has played at the Opera House since it opened in 1973. See British Council Australia for more information.

India

The ‘Walking Cities’ project is an exchange between four writers from Wales including Swansea born writer Joe Dunthorne, Bardd Plant Cymru 2011-13 Eurig Salisbury and four writers from India, making a connection with the birthplace of Dylan Thomas and the landscapes that had an impact on his writing.

Australia

British Council will present Theatr Iolo’s Adventures in the Skin Trade, adapted by Lucy Gough, in the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre in May 2015. This will be the first time a Welsh Theatre Company has played at the Opera House since it opened in 1973. See British Council Australia for more information.

Canada

To celebrate the centenary Welsh poets Jemma King and Ifor Ap Glyn, winner of the Crown at the 2013 Denbighshire and District National Eisteddfod, participated in the March Hare Festival, Atlantic Canada’s largest literary festival, from March 11th – 16th as part of a Wales/Canada writer exchange programme with Ty Newydd Writers Centre.

Argentina

Welsh Folk Band Fernhill and writer Owen Martell closed the International Book Fair in Buenos Aires and also gave some presentations in Trelew, Patagonia between May 9th and May 12th. In addition to their collaboration, Owen Martell presented his own work to audiences at the Book Fair and provided workshops to students in local colleges.

A link to main event details can be found by browsing the boxes below and a full programme with links and contact information is available on the British council’s Starless and Bible Black pages on their web site.