For over 60 years, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” a family recollection written by Dylan Thomas, one of the best known and loved poets of the 20th Century, has been as much a part of the Christmas pageant of stories and films as “A Christmas Carol” and ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” both published in the early 19th Century. Aside from the biblical story of the Nativity, few holiday-related works of literature can claim the distinction of being so universally loved and enjoyed, as well as embody the fundamental ideals the holiday represents.
“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” is a joyful, memoir of Welsh traditions and family quirks, the humor and pathos of life in an ordinary community with extraordinary characters and charm.
Like “Under Milkwood,” Dylan Thomas’s tale is a classic because, like its predecessors, including the story of the lowly birth the holiday celebrates, it encompasses and revels in the reality of the human condition.
This delightful story is presented by NOVA, read by Welshman, and recently arrived Montana resident, Dulais Rhys, and includes a five minute, non-optional, compulsory, Welsh language lesson. Dulais has the unique experience of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” reminding him of his own childhood and the audience is invited to join in the riotous fun. The presentation includes events in Dylan Thomas’s life and visits to the U.S., his work, as well as audio examples of the poet’s unique reading voice.