Peter Gill, playwright and theatre director
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A Provincial Life, Cardiff

A Provincial Life

by Peter Gill

Sherman Cymru

Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, 1 March 2012

Based on Chekhov's poignant short story, A Provincial Life follows one young man's struggle to exchange his privileged position for the life of a worker. This painful, lyrical play dramatises the search for equality in a way that resonates deeply today.

Anyuta Ivanova BlagovoKezia BurrowsKezia Burrows, A Provincial Life, 2012Trained at RADA.

Theatre credits include: Venice Preserved (Arcola), A Man For All Seasons, Kind Hearts & Coronets, To Kill A Mockingbird (PR), The Merchant of Venice (Creation), The Misanthrope, The Bald Prima Donna (London Rd), Much Ado About Nothing (YSC), Measure for Measure (Sherman).

TV credits include: CRASH, Casualty (BBC), Phoneshop (E4).

Film credits include: Capgras Tide (Upstart), The Way of the Monkeys Claw (Nowhere Fast), With These Hands (Room 16

Radio credits include: The Anarchist in the Basement.

Marya Victorovna DolzhikovaAlex ClatworthyAlex Clatworthy, A Provincial Life, 2012 Trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she won the 2011 Michael Bryant Award.

Theatre credits include: Sleeping Beauty (Birmingham Rep).

Television credits include: Henry IV Parts One & Two directed by Sir Richard Eyre (BBC), The Bench and Want 2TLK Science? (BBC Wales), Treflan (Alfresco), Pawb At Y Bwrdd and Hotel Eddie (Apollo).

Radio credits include: Evacuees and Meddwl (BBC Wales).

ProkofyRichard CorganRichard Corgan, A Provincial Life, 2012Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre credits include: Flowers From Tunisia (Torch), Taming Of The Shrew (Globe), Frozen (Sherman), It's About Me (Hampstead), Money, Science, Me (Everyman), Romeo & Juliet (Lord Chamberlain's Men), Ballad Of Blood & Darling (Rose Theatre), The Long, The Short & The Tall (Pleasance), La Fanciulla Del West (Royal Opera House), Macbeth, The Changeling (Barbican), Phoenix & The Carpet (Bristol Old Vic).

Television credits include: Baker Boys, Doctors, Casualty, Caught In The Web, The B Word (BBC).

Film credits include: Magpie, Colin, Hindsight. Radio includes: Blue Remembered Hills.

Madame AzhoginaHelen GriffinHelen Griffin, A Provincial Life, 2012Theatre credits include: The Devil Inside Him (National Theatre Wales), Small Change, Shadow Of A Boy, acclaimed one-woman show Caitlin (Sherman Cymru), Cymbeline (Ludlow Festival).

TV credits include: Coronation Street; Getting On; Criminal Justice Two; Vivian Vyle Show; Con Passionata; Dr Who The Age Of Steel', Casualty, The Bill.

Film credits include: Little White Lies (Bafta Cymru Best Actress 2007), Risen, Human Traffic. Her one-woman show, Who's Afraid Of Rachel Roberts, tours Wales in May, (Torch Theatre).

Boris Ivanov BlagovoLee Haven-JonesLee Haven-Jones, A Provincial Life, 2012Clwyd Theatre Cymru Associate.

Theatre credits include: Mary Stuart, Festen and Arcadia (Theatr Clwyd), Memory and Night Must Fall (Theatr Clwyd/59E59 Theatre, NYC), The Pull of Negative Gravity (Traverse Theatre), Romeo a Juliet (Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru), and The Bacchai (National Theatre).

Television credits include: Gwaith Cartref (Fiction Factory), Caerdydd (S4C) and Love in a Cold Climate (BBC).

Film credits include: The Prince and Perfect Day.

Television directing credits include: Indian Doctor (BBC) and Alys (S4C).

Victor Ivanov DolzhikovMark LewisMark Lewis, A Provincial Life, 2012Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and for many years was associated with the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. He has worked at the National Theatre, The Royal Exchange, The Riverside, The Donmar, The Arcola, among others and worked with writer/directors such as Howard Barker and Steven Berkoff. He has appeared in TV series, Films and Radio.
Cleopatra Alexandrova PoloznevSara Lloyd-GregorySara Lloyd-Gregory, A Provincial Life, 2012Trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include: Up 'n' Under (Black Rat), Romeo and Juliet (Wales Theatre Co), The American Pilot and A Midsummer Night's Dream (RWCMD).

Television credits include: Alys, Con Passionate, Y Pris (S4C), Thorne: Sleepyhead (Sky 1), Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Torchwood, Belonging (BBC), Sleep With Me and Affinity (ITV).

Film credits include: Little White Lies (Red & Black Films), A Way of Life (AW0L Films). Radio credits include: Last Tango in Aberystwyth (BBC Radio 4).

Ivan Mikhailovich CheprakovJohn-Paul MacleodJohn-Paul Macleod, A Provincial Life, 2012Trained at RADA. Theatre credits include:

Spies (Theatre Alibi), King Lear (Headlong/Liverpool Everyman) directed by Rupert Goold, Passion (NTW) directed by Michael Sheen, All Night I dream about being good (The Yard Hackney).

Television credits include: Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), My Boy Jack (ITV)

Film credits include: Small Miracles (Snake River), To Kill a King (Fairfax Films), Calendar Girls (Buena Vista)

WorkmanLiam MansfieldLiam Mansfield, A Provincial Life, 2012Trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated in June 2011.

Theatre credits include: Under Mitk Wood (Farnham Rep), Fameless (Sotto Voce), 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices (Old Vic Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Maxim Theatre, Stockholm)

Film credits include: Ushers (Jukka Productions).

Alexander Pavlovitch PoloznevClive MerrisonClive Merrison, A Provincial Life, 2012Theatre credits include: The History Boys (NT and Broadway), Credible Witness (Royal Court), The Cocktail Party (Lyceum), The Madness of George III (NT and Broadway).

TV credits include: Peep Show, Monday Monday, Egypt, Foyles War, Julius Caesar. Clive will appear in Bert and Dickie for the BBC in 2012.

Film credits include: History Boys, Saving Grace, The English Patient and Heavenly Creatures.

Old Man / Governor of the ProvinceKenneth PriceKenneth Price, A Provincial Life, 2012Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and his extensive theatre work includes seasons at Scarborough, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bristol Old Vic, Keswick, Salisbury and the West End. His film credits include, John and Yoko, Fierce Creatures and Diana and Me, whilst his numerous television appearances include Emmerdale, The Atomic Inferno, Casualty, The Chief, A Touch of Spice and The Bill.
Shopkeeper / BerlichevIeuan RhysIeuan Rhys, A Provincial Life, 2012Trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Theatre credits include: The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice (Ludlow Festival), Amdani (Sgript Cymru), Hamlet, Amazing Grace, Romeo and Juliet, The Thorn Birds, Contender (Wales Theatre Company), Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), The Hired Man (The Torch Theatre), Sawl yn Syrthio (3D Theatre Company), Bred in Heaven (Frapetsus Productions).

Television credits include: Stella, Ar y Tracs (Tidy Productions), Doctor Who, Rocket Man, High Hopes (BBC Television), Tracy Beaker (BBC), Pobol y Cwm (BBC Wales), Y Pris (Fiction Factory)

Film credits include: The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountian (MIRAMAX), Masterpiece (Burn Hand Film Production Ltd)

Misail Alexander PoloznevNicholas ShawNicholas Shaw, A Provincial Life, 2012Trained at Drama Centre London.

Theatre credits include: Phaedra's Love (Areola, London), Hamlet (Northern Broadsides), Tis Pity She's A Whore and Anthology (Liverpool Everyman/Slung Low), The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne/Opera Comique/BAM), Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park), Merchant of Venice and Holding Fire! (Shakespeare's Globe), and Easter (Oxford Stage Company), for which he received an Ian Charleson Award commendation.

Television credits include: Land Girts, The Rotters' Club, The Romantics (BBC); Foyle's War, Afterlife (ITV); Goldplated (Channel 4).

Andrey IvanovWilliam ThomasWilliam Thomas, A Provincial Life, 2012Work spans four decades, and he received a nomination for Best Actor at the BARA Cymru Awards (2007) for his portrayal of Glyn in the award winning Con Passionate.

Other television credits include: Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders, Alys, Gavin & Stacey, Belonging (10 Series), Grass, Fun at the Funeral Parlour and We Are Seven. William also plays Geraint Cooper in the BBC & US Series, Torchwood. Film credits includes Mr Nice (Kodak Award Winner); Longitude (2001 BAFTA Winner for Best Drama Serial); Solomon & Gaenor; and Twin Town.

Karpovna / Madame MufkeMenna TrusslerMenna Trussler, A Provincial Life, 2012Theatre credits include: Swansea Girls, Cabaret, Side by Side by Sondheim, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cinderella (Swansea Grand), Bedside Manners, Green Favours, Loose Ends and A Kiss on the Bottom (Sherman Theatre), Tartuffe (Clwyd Theatr Cymru), Family Planning (Grass Roots).

Television credits include: Stella (Sky), Come Fly With Me, Crash, Jam and Jerusalem (3 series), Torchwood II, Casualty, Doctors, Little Britain (3 series), The Bench and Thicker Than Water (BBC), Alys, Y Pris, Os Byw Ac lach, Bydd Yn Wrol, Pam Fi Duw?, Pobol Y Cwm (S4C), In the Company of Strangers and We Are Seven (HTV), Liquorice Alsorts (Daffodil Productions).

Film credits include: Family Ties (Beryl Productions), Plotz with a View (CFI Films), Human Traffic (Fruit Salad Films), August (Granada Films).

Radio credits include: Writing the Century 14 (BBC Radio 4), Ceri Elen (BBC Radio Cymru).

Other Parts Played ByJohn AtkinsonJohn Atkinson, A Provincial Life, 2012
Luke BridgemanLuke Bridgeman, A Provincial Life, 2012
Abigail FitzgeraldAbigail Fitzgerald, A Provincial Life, 2012
Heledd GwynnHeledd Gwynn, A Provincial Life, 2012
Kristian JenkinsKristian Jenkins, A Provincial Life, 2012
Jan JonesJan Jones, A Provincial Life, 2012
Ryan NolanRyan Nolan, A Provincial Life, 2012
Clare Parrry JonesClare Parrry Jones, A Provincial Life, 2012
Ian PhillipsIan Phillips, A Provincial Life, 2012
John RedpathJohn Redpath, A Provincial Life, 2012
Liane WaltersLiane Walters, A Provincial Life, 2012
John WilliamsJohn Williams, A Provincial Life, 2012
DirectorPeter GillPeter Gill, A Provincial Life, 2012Peter Gill was born in Cardiff in 1939, and began his professional career as an actor. After several years on stage, he began to write and direct while working at the Royal Court, where he was responsible for introducing the plays of D.H. Lawrence to the theatre, and pioneered ideas of postmodernist staging with his production of The Duchess of Malfi. His first play, The Sleepers' Den, was staged at the theatre in 1965, and he has continued to present work at the Royal Court throughout his career. He was the founding director of Riverside Studios, which was for a period one of Europe's leading arts centres, mixing a programme of home grown drama with an extraordinary roster of international artists from Samuel Beckett to Tadeusz Kantor, and of the National Theatre Studio, which quickly became one of the most important centres for the development of new work in Britain. Gill has directed over 100 productions in the UK, Europe and North America, bringing extraordinary life, through his intricately detailed and impressionistically beautiful aesthetic, to both the modern and classical repertoires, including acclaimed productions of plays by Buchner, Congreve, Otway, Shakespeare, Hampton, Orton, Osborne, Pinter, McCafferty and Wright.

He has engaged with Chekhov as a writer and director throughout his life, in productions at the Royal Court, Riverside Studios, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. The only Welsh writer besides Dylan Thomas whose work has been staged by the Royal National Theatre, his plays include The Sleepers' Den (Royal Court 1965), Over Gardens Out (Royal Court 1968), Small Change (Royal Court 1976), Kick for Touch (Royal National Theatre 1983), Cardiff East (Royal National Theatre 1997), Certain Young Men (Almeida 1999), The York Realist (English Touring Theatre 2001), Original Sin (The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2002) and Another Door Closed (Theatre Royal Bath, 2009).

His work has repeatedly examined the Cardiff of his past as a 'lost domain' that can be imagined but never revisited, and his return to direct A Provincial Life (originally presented at the Royal Court in 1966) marks his first collaboration with National Theatre Wales.

DesignerAlison ChittyAlison Chitty, A Provincial Life, 2012Alison has had a distinguished international career in theatre, opera and film. Her theatre credits include eight years as resident designer at the National Theatre where she designed many productions, including Venice Preserv'd, Antony and Cleopatra, Bacchae, The Voysey Inheritance and Mike Leigh's Two Thousand Years. She has just designed Mike Leigh's new play, Grief. She has worked in opera houses throughout the world, including Chicago, Seattle, Munich and Paris. Recently she designed the highly acclaimed world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's The Minotaur at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Rigoletto for La Fenice, Venice.

Film credits include: Aria, Turn of the Screw, and several Mike Leigh films including Life is Sweet, Naked and Secrets and Lies.

In recognition of her particular approach to teaching, and commitment to developing the talent of young theatre designers and practitioners, Alison was awarded The Misha Black Award in 2006, The Young Vic Award in 2008 and a Fellowship of Birkbeck, London University in 2011.

Lighting DesignerPaul PyantPaul is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and works in opera, ballet, musicals and theatre worldwide. He has a long-established association with Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, National Theatre, English National Ballet, The Donmar Warehouse, The Almeida Theatre and Northern Ballet Theatre. Recent productions include: Grief (National Theatre), Richard III (The Old Vic), Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory), House of Games (Almeida), Betrothal in a Monastery (Theatre du Capitol and Opera Comique), The Heretic (Royal Court), and Hobson's Choice (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).
Stage Sound Services Sound DesignerMike BeerMike started his career at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff in 1986.

Since then he has toured Theatre and Corporate events world wide over the last 20 years with companies including DV8 Physical Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Bristol Old Vic, Diversions Dance, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Stage, Theatr Clwyd, Act Productions, Fiery Angel, Theatr Gwynedd, Imagination, Sony and Ford Motor Car Company.

Mike's designs include: Coasting and Treasure Island for Bristol Old Vic, The Passion, Love Steals Us From Loneliness and The Persians for National Theatre Wales, Deffro'r Gwanwyn for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, BFG for Fiery Angel, Great Expectations for Aberystwyth Art Centres, Desire Lines, The Borrowers and Merlin for The Sherman Theatre Company, The Firework Maker's Daughter and Danny the Champion of the World for Birmingham Stage Company, Single Spies, Legal Fictions and The Importance of Being Earnest for The Theatre Royal Bath, Don Quixote for West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Mike now works as full time Sound Designer and Production Consultant for Stage Sound Services.

ComposerTerry DaviesTerry has written for many theatre productions at the National Theatre, RSC, West End, around the UK and elsewhere. His productions with Peter Gill include The Aliens (Bush), Look Back in Anger (Theatre Royal, Bath), The Voysey Inheritance (Royal National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company), Original Sin (Sheffield) and The York Realist (English Touring Theatre/Royal Court). He is an artistic associate of choreographer Matthew Bourne, composing for his Lord of the Flies, Dorian Gray, Edward Scissorhands, The Car Man and Play Without Words for which he received an Olivier Award. He has conducted the music for nearly 50 films including W.E., The King's Speech, The Illusionist, Another Year and Brideshead Revisited.
Props SupervisorJane Slattery
Costume SupervisorCarrie Bayliss
Wigs SupervisorJoyce Beagarie
Assistant Director (part of National Theatre Wales' Emerging Director Scheme)Julia Thomas
Assistant DesignerLouie Whitemore
Production ManagerDavid Evans
Company Stage ManagerMatthew North
Deputy Stage ManagerRachel Burgess
Assistant Stage ManagerRyan Tate
Fiona Curtis
Head of WardrobeJo Reynolds
Production ElectricianCeri James
Production SoundRhodri Hunt
Assistant DesignerLouie Whitemore
Observer Assistant DesignerKitty Callister
Holly Pigott
Student Stage Management PlacementRhodri Hunt
PromoterAnna Poole@annaloupoole
CostumesNational Theatre Hire
WigsNational Theatre Hire
Wig Specialties
Cardiff Theatrical Services
Stage Sound Services
Bristol Old Vic
Jacob Gough
Thomas Reilly
Chris Ricketts

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