OPINION Lucy Gough

NWR Issue 105

Skulls, Roses and Dylan Thomas

On a recent visit to Poundland, I was irresistibly drawn to an electric blue mouse mat decorated with blood red roses and luminous white skulls.

As I paid my pound the cash display described the object as a ‘teenage boy’s mouse mat’. Suddenly the reason why Kurt Cobain and Queen of the Stone Age feature dominantly in my playlist and why skulls and other teenage iconography clutter my study became clear. It also explained why reading Adventures in the Skin Trade, Dylan Thomas’ unfinished novel, made such an immediate and deep impression and why I was ready and willing to undertake the many challenges of adapting it for the stage.

From the minute I started reading, I connected with its underlying anarchy, rage and rebellion...

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