30 years the Prisoner Appreciation
Society SIX OF ONE have celebrated their annual "PRISONER Convention"
in this Place. Local groups reenact famous scenes, discussions are held with people involved in the making and puzzle over intentions its creator
wouldnt even know they existed. The backdrop-cum-alive.
founder was Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams Ellis, some would call
him an eccentric. Commencing in the nineteen-twenties he traveled abroad for
inspiration on realising his dream, the convergence of architectural good taste and nature. And so he
founded his show-piece in the northern hemisphere.
He did not omit a bell
tower, called Campanile, a cupola building, the Pantheon, cobblestone-paved archways and turrets to make the place feel mediterranean.
Its the p.o.v. that dominates viewing. Few things are what they
appear to be. Like the cypresses that in reality arent more real
as are wall-painted windows and the stone-built ship at the pier. Until
the 1970s he used to collect houses, parts of mansions bound for demolition
and reerected them on the shore of that wind-sheltered bay he had bought,
a "home for fallen buildings".
secluded location and the contrasting architectural features early-on
made Portmeirion a favourite place for poets and writers. McGoohan himself
came to like the spot after Portmeirion had been used for the two DANGER
MAN episodes "A View From The Villa" as an Italian small town.
Co-author George Markstein who had
outlined the series in general and then because of conflicting with McGoohan
about the way the series should develop had left the production utilized
information of his military service time during WW II about secret camps
designated for inactive intelligence personnel who knew too much. McGoohan
himself went further and developped his allegorical tale under the impression
of the really phantastic backdrop of the real Village:
"More than anything else I believe in the freedom of the individual.
Loss of identity is a true nightmare. Have a look and you will see." (McGoohan)