Every year since 2014, a day in May has been designated #DylanDay to celebrate the poet Dylan Thomas, following his centenary. In 2014, Light, Ladd & Emberton were commissioned by the National Library of Wales, to make a piece inspired by his wife, Caitlin.
Caitlin was a dancer with ambition and talent, as well as her own frailties and flaws. A woman of few words – her husband had all the words – one of her opening lines in the show states plainly: “My husband was a very famous poet. I was going to be a very famous dancer. We were supposed to be equal but it wasn’t like that.” Sadly that’s all too common.
Monday 31 July is the date of Caitlin's death and after two previously successful years doing this, we are again going to use social media to mark #CaitlinDay. It celebrates and profiles women who've been in the shadow of their partners, playing second fiddle to them, perhaps because of family commitments; women who've been largely ignored, almost famous or never quite reached their full potential in their field.
We can all name a few famous ones - Sylvia Plath, Courtney Love, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Miller - but equally it could be a member of your family, a colleague, a mentor or a neighbour. Pick anyone you like – and tell everyone about her.
Will you support our campaign on the date by using #CaitlinDay on social media to highlight a woman you want to champion?
Laura Drane Producer, Light, Ladd & Emberton
CAITLIN plays Zoo Lauriston Hall, during Edinburgh Fringe and as part of the British Council Showcase
23/24/25/26 Aug at midday, and also 26 Aug 18.30
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