Dance performance puts spotlight on Dylan’s wife Caitlin
Light, Ladd & Emberton is a collective of three Wales-based dance artists – Deborah Light, Eddie Ladd and Gwyn Emberton – together with creative producer Laura Drane.
Tomorrow (Friday, April 21), they bring their award winning show called Caitlin to Llanelli (Ffwrnes Theatre).
The dance trio came together in 2014 to make Caitlin, a show commissioned for the Dylan Thomas centenary by the National Library of Wales.
Through collaborative working, Light Ladd and Emberton create original professional performance work, with the aim of creating exciting and inspiring productions for audiences in Wales and beyond, and to represent Wales and the UK on a national and international stage.
They draw on history and identity, predominantly of Wales, to create productions with contemporary relevance and culturally engaged.
Caitlin was the wife of poet Dylan Thomas.
At the start of the 1970s, 20 years after he died, she started going to Alcoholics Anonymous.
In a circle of chairs, set out for an AA meeting Caitlin makes a determined effort to deal with her tempestuous past.
The audience sits in the circle with Caitlin as she revisits her life with Dylan.
It is a relationship fuelled by love, addiction, jealousy and infidelity.
As Caitlin and Dylan drink, fight, love and leave each other the unoccupied chairs become part of the action in this physical and powerful duet.
Click here to view the trailer of Caitlin.
Winner of Best Dance Production – Wales Theatre Awards 2015
Commissioned by National Library of Wales for DT100/ Dylan thomas centenary in 2014. Funded by Arts Council of Wales Lottery funding & Wales In Edinburgh funding. Supported by Chapter, Volcano, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Borough Theatre Abergavenny.
Caitlin has toured several times from 2014 till now, including a run at Dance Base for Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and a week at Battersea Arts Centre for #ANationsTheatre. It is part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017. It is touring March-May 2017, and available for touring in the future.
Directed by Deborah Light
Devised with and performed by Eddie Ladd and Gwyn Emberton.