Crucible Honours Gill with Retrospective & SinDate: 21 May 2002
The Sheffield Crucible this week kicks off its month-long festival dedicated to the work of Peter Gill (pictured), considered one of Britain's most influential contemporary playwrights. Running from 23 May to 22 June 2002, this major retrospective includes a full schedule of discussions, readings and seminars as well as a production of Gill's new play, Original Sin, directed by the author.
Set in 1890s Paris and London, Original Sin follows the fortunes of Angel, a beautiful boy catapulted from poverty to privilege when he becomes the plaything of a wealthy newspaper proprietor. But the streetboy-turned-socialite's rapid success turns as swiftly to self-destruction in a downward spiral of money, murder and white slavery.
Original Sin, in the Crucible's main house from 30 May to 22 June, is designed by Alison Chitty and lit by Hartley TA Kemp, with original music by Terry Davies. The cast includes Andrew Fallaize, Michael Byrne, Paul Imbusch, Robert Styles, John Normington, David Kennedy, Barry Howard, Cive Arrindell, Michael Shaeffer, David Carr, Paul Child, Steve John Shepherd, Adam James and Richard Cant.
The new play runs concurrently with four of Gill's earlier works - Kick for Touch (directed by Josie Rourke), Small Change (directed by Rufus Norris), Mean Tears (directed by Paul Miller) and Friendly Fire (directed by Nick Nuttgens) - performed in repertory in the Crucible Studio.
Having burst onto the theatrical scene at the Royal Court in the 1960s, Gill more recently had great success with another new play, The York Realist, which transferred to the West End this spring. As a director, Gill was an associate at the Royal Court and founded London's Riverside Studios while his many productions include last year's National Theatre revival of Luther by fellow Royal Court veteran John Osborne.
- by Terri Paddock