Plays by Peter Gill

Over Gardens Out

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Frustrated with the tedium of suburbia, mummy’s boy Dennis is drawn to Borstal boy Jeffry in a camaraderie that veers into volatile and unarticulated eroticism. Deftly depicting the frustrations of 1960s living, Over Gardens Out is a finely tuned sketch of friendship and family life.

Over Gardens Out by Peter Gill was first performed in the Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on 5 August 1968.

A Provincial Life

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Born into a bourgeois family, Misail determines to find a way to lead an honest life free from privilege. To his father's disapproval and bewilderment, he renounces his heritage and becomes a workman before moving to the country to manage the estate of the girl that he marries. Over the course of a long summer, his burning sense of injustice and deep integrity exact a devastating forfeit.

Peter Gill's A Provincial Life, based on a novella by Anton Chekhov, opened at the Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, in March 2012 in a production by National Theatre Wales.

The Sleepers Den

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Set in 1950s Cardiff, The Sleepers Den presents the struggle of the desperate Shannon family who, vulnerable and powerless, live in squalor and must fend for themselves in this story of everyday survival.

Peter Gill’s The Sleepers Den premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in February 1965 and was revived on 18 November 1969.

Small Change

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

Small Change is about two mothers and two sons, their attachments and emotional complexity, the endeavour of the two sons to make sense of their complicated inheritance and their adolescent friendship later in life.

Small Change was first staged at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in July 1976.

Versailles

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

In the drawing room of the Rawlinson's late Victorian villa in Kent, life as it was lived before the war is quietly resuming.

The family's son, Leonard Rawlinson, is among the British delegation sent to Versailles to draw up the treaty that will come to define Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world. With the ghost of a fallen loved one still haunting him, Leonard perceives that the choices made in Paris will shape the fate of millions for centuries to come.

Versailles premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in February 2014.

The York Realist

Faber and Faber
Type: Text

When the farm labourer George is cast in an amateur revival of the York Mystery Plays he meets the assistant director John. John wants George to move to London, where he is working in theatre. George’s final decision has repercussions for others as well as himself.

Peter Gill’s The York Realist is not only a finely drawn love story, it also makes us think about the depth of class allegiances, the strength of family, and the origins and ownership of art.

The York Realist was first performed by English Touring Theatre, starting at the Lowry in Salford Quays and moving to Bristol Old Vic in autumn 2001, before visiting the Royal Court Theatre, London, in spring 2002.

Peter Gill was born in 1939 in Cardiff and started his professional career as an actor. A director as well as a writer, he has directed over a hundred productions in the UK, Europe and North America. At the Royal Court Theatre in the sixties, he was responsible for introducing D. H. Lawrence's plays to the theatre. The founding director of Riverside Studios and the Royal National Theatre Studio, Peter Gill lives in London. His plays include The Sleepers Den (Royal Court, London, 1965), Over Gardens Out (Royal Court, London, 1968), Small Change (Royal Court, London, 1976), Kick for Touch (National Theatre, London, 1983), Cardiff East (National Theatre, London, 1997), Certain Young Men (Almeida Theatre, 1999), The York Realist (English Touring Theatre, 2001), Original Sin (Sheffield Crucible, 2002), Another Door Closed (Theatre Royal, Bath, 2009) and A Provincial Life (National Theatre of Wales, Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, 2011).