In a small room at the top of Woolwich Grand Theatre, Bob Kingdom held the audience spellbound for the duration of his performance as Dylan Thomas in Return Journey, a piece evoking the poet’s final US lecture tour before his premature death. Marking both the 21st anniversary of the production and the centenary of Thomas’ birth, the performance is a timely one and is simply a must-see for Dylan fans.
Kingdom inhabits the role wonderfully, telling us about Thomas’ childhood memories, a charabanc outing, his return to Swansea as an adult, and of course the poems. His recitation of some of the best loved works, including Fern Hill, Death shall have no dominion, and Do not go gentle into that good night, is so perfectly like Dylan’s that I got shivers down my spine listening to it. Truly I could have sat there for hours.