Peter Gill, playwright and theatre director
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James Hazeldine (Jim), Jane Lapotaire (Eileen), and Kenneth Cranham (Joe) in Peter Gill's National Theatre, Cottesloe, production of his Kick for Touch, February 1983.  Photo: John HaynesJane Lapotaire (Eileen) in Peter Gill's National Theatre, Cottesloe, production of his Kick for Touch, February 1983. Photo: John Haynes

Kick for Touch

by Peter Gill

National Theatre

Cottesloe Theatre, 15 February 1983

Jane Lapotaire, Kenneth Cranham, James Hazeldine in rehearsal, Kick for Touch, Cottesloe, 1983

Kick for Touch tells, in jumbled fragments, the story of a love triangle between two brothers, Joe and Jim, and Joe's wife Eileen. A difficult childhood has left the brothers loving, jealous and incredibly close, so close that — ultimately — they crush Eileen between them.

Length: about 1 hour. There is no interval

Gill's work has "an explosive concentration and lyrical integrity rare, not to say unique, among living British playwrights." Plays and Players, 1983

"...scenes blend into one another, disregarding time and space; the relationships dissolve and reform; mates are revealed as brothers, and wives as eternal mothers." Observer, 1983

"Gill's production leaves you in no doubt that this marks an attempt to render the mess of ordinary living in a style as exquisitely bare as a piece of Shaker furniture." The Times, 1983


Joe Ken Cranham Theatre includes at the Royal Court: Ubu Roi, The Ruffian on the Stail; Loot (also in the West End and on Broadway), Saved, Narrow Road to the Deep North, Early Morning, Magnificence, The Tooth of Crime, The London Cuckolds, Tibetan Inroads. Other work in London: The Entertainer (Greenwich), The Doctors Dilemma (Mermaid), Entertaining Mr Sloane (Duke of York's). RSC: The Iceman Cometh, Ivanov. NT: Comedians (in the West End), Strawberry Fields, The Passion, Old Movies, The Country Wife, Love Letters on Blue Papel; The Caretakel; From Kipling to Vietnam (Platform Performance). Films include: Oliver!, Brother Sun and Sister Moon, Joseph Andrews.

TV includes: Sling Your Hook, Canterbury Tales, Danger UXB, The Sound of the Guns, The Chauffeur and the Lady, The Sin Bin, Donkeys Years, Butterflies Don't Count, La Ronde, The Caretakel; The Merchant of Venice, 'Tis Pity Shes a Whore, The Bell, Therese Raquin, Brideshead Revisited, Shine on Harvey Moon, Reilly.

Ken Cranham, Kick for Touch, 1983
Jim James Hazeldine Theatre includes repertory at Manchester Library, Liverpool Playhouse, Newcastle Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse. In London: Journey of the Fifth Horse, Narrow Road to the Deep North, Early Morning, Over Gardens Out, Crete and Sergeant Pepper, The Old Ones, Small Change (all at the Royal Court), The Foursome (Fortune), Cato Street (Young Vic). With the RSC: The Fool, Troilus and Cressida, Love Girl and the Innocent, Timon of Athens. Films include: Nicholas and Alexandra, The Ruling Class, The National Health, The Wall.

TV includes: Sovereigns Company, The Long Distance Piano Player; Everybody Say Cheese. Tales of Piccadilly, Look Back in Angel; The Cost of Loving, Isaac Newton, Forgotten Love Songs, Kids, Murder at the Wedding, Aren't We All, Omega Factor, The Circle Complex, The Trials of Oscar Slater, John David, Macbeth, One Fine Summer.

James Hazeldine, Kick for Touch, 1983
Eileen Jane Lapotaire Theatre includes two years with Bristol Old Vic, repertory at Nottingham Playhouse. With the NT at the Old Vic: The Dance of Death, A Flea in her Ear; The Way of the World, Macrune's Guevara, The White Devil, The Travails of Sancho Panza, The Merchant of Venice, The Captain of Kopenick. Young Vic: Scapino, The Taming of the Shrew (both also later in New York), Oedipus, Measure for Measure. RSC: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Uncle Vanya, Love's Labour's Lost, Piaf (also in the West End and in New York, winning Best Actress awards from SWET, Plays & Players, Variety Club of Great Britain, and Tony). Prospect: A Month in the Country, A Room with a View Riverside: As You Like It. Films include: Isadora, Peiformance, Antony and Cleopatra, One Of Our Dinosaurs is Missing.

TV includes: Love and Mr Lewisham, The Edwardians, The Black Dog, Edward VII; The Devil's Crown, Marie Curie, Antony and Cleopatra, The Barretts of Wimpole Street.

Jane Lapotaire, Kick for Touch, 1983
Director Peter Gill
Designer Alison Chitty
Lighting Stephen Wentworth
Production Manager Jason Barnes
Stage Manager John Caulfield
Deputy Stage Manager Sarah Parkin
Assistant Stage Manager Sue Millin
Alison Rankin
Sound Andrew Lillywhite
Assistant to the Designer Paul Ghirardani
Assistant to the Lighting Designer Ian Williams
Assistant to the Production Manager Jem Wilsher
Programme cover and cast photo John Haynes

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