Peter Gill, playwright and theatre director
Production Team
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Peter Gill, Alison Chitty, John BurgessThe Production Team

A nine-week festival of new plays

Cottesloe Theatre

23 September to 23 November 1985


The Production Team


Peter Gill

The Murderers, As I Lay Dying, A Twist of Lemon, In the Blue, Bouncing, Up for None

At the Royal Court (where he was Associate Director from 1970 to 1972) his work includes A Collier's Friday Night, The Local Stigmatic, The Ruffian on the Stair, A Provincial Life, A Soldier's Fortune, The Daughter-in-Law, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, Life Price, The Duchess of Malfi, Crete and Sergeant Pepper, The Merry-Go- Round, Over Gardens Out, The Sleepers' Den, Small Change. For the RSC: Twelfth Night. Founded Riverside Studios (where he was founding director from 1976 to 1980) directed As You Like It, Small Change, The Cherry Orchard, The Changeling, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Scrape off the Black Work abroad includes: Much Ado About Nothing (Stratford Connecticut), Hedda Gabler, Macbeth (Stratford Ontario), Landscape, Silence (Lincoln Center, New York), Fishing (Public Theater, New York). For the NT, where he is an Associate Director: A Month in the Country, Don Juan, Much Ado About Nothing, Danton'sDeath, Major Barbara, Small Change, Kick for Touch, Tales from Hollywood, Antigone (co-directed), Venice Preserv'd, Fool for Love (which transferred to the West End). See also his work as a writer.

John Burgess

True Dare Kiss, Command or Promise, Sunday Morning

Read Classics and English at Cambridge University, and was Literary Manager at the Open Space Theatre for two years In 1973 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to visit the Theatre National Populaire in Lyon and subsequently co-directed the British premiere of Roger Planchon's Blues, Whites and Reds at Birmingham Rep. He has worked in repertory at Leeds, Ipswich, and Colchester also, and was an Arts Council Associate Director at Riverside Studios in 1977-78. In London: he has directed. Red Earth by David Lan (ICA), Tree Tops and One Fine Day by Nicholas Wright, and Black Man's Burden by Michael O'Neill and Jeremy Seabrook (Riverside Studios), Since 1980 he has been on the staff of the National Theatre, where his productions include. Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, The Prince of Homburg, and Antigone (co-directed). He is Associate Director of the NT Studio.

John Burgess & Peter Gill

The Garden of England


Alison Chitty

for all the plays

Work includes designing over 40 plays at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent. In London: Old King Cole (Stratford East), Ecstasy, Uncle Vanya (Hampstead), Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Plays Umbrella Season (Riverside Studios). She was a member of the British theatre designers group which won first prize at 1979 Prague Quadriennale Exhibition. For the NT: A Month in the Country, Don Juan, Much Ado About Nothing, The Prince of Homburg, Danton's Death, Major Barbara, Kick for Touch, Tales from Hollywood, Antigone, Venice Preserv'd, Fool for Love (which transterred to the West End), She Stoops to Conquer, and Martine RSC: Tartuffe, and Breaking the Silence (which transferred to the West End).


Stephen Wentworth

The Murderers, As I Lay Dying, True Dare Kiss, Command or Promise

Lit shows at Oxford Playhouse, New End Hampstead, King's Head, Arts Theatre For the NT. Overruled (Young Vic), Crossing Niagara, Bloody Neighbours (ICA), Emigrés, Troilus and Cressida (with David Hersey), Bread (all at the Young Vic), Strawberry Fields, The Camilla Ringbinder Show, Bow Down, The Passion (with William Dudley) , Half Life, Love Letters on Blue Paper, Herod, Don Juan, Much Ado About Nothing, Danton's Death, Major Barbara, Kick for Touch, Small Change, Tales from Hollywood, Antigone, Venice Preserv'd, She Stoops to Conquer, and Fool for Love, which transferred to the West End. Also in the West End: Boogie.

Laurence Clayton

Five Play Bill

Theatre: spent two years at Harrogate and has been at the NT: for eleven years, the last six working in the Cottesloe. The plays he has lit include Four to One, But You're a Woman, Lost Worlds, Lark Rise, Candleford, and, with William Dudley, The Mysteries (also at the Lyceum). Has recently worked on Gigi at the Lyric.

lan Williams

The Garden of England


Terry Davies

for all the plays

Work includes arrangements for Rod McKuen, Robin Gibb, Justin Hayward, Jon Anderson Theatre: arranging and music directing for Oxford Playhouse, Leicester Haymarket, Hornchurch, Exeter, Norwich, Scottish Ballet, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal Court (Restoration). For the NT: Guys and Dolls (co-arranger and assistant MD), On the Razzle (deputy MD), The Beggars' Opera (deputy MD), Schweyk in the Second World War (assistant MD), Tales from Hollywood (Music), Rough Crossing (MD and arrangements).


Terry King: The Murderers, True Dare Kiss, Command or Promise

Malcolm Ranson: Up for None

Dialect Coach Joan Washington

Voice Consultant Julia Wilson Dickson

Festival Manager Sue Higginson

Production Manager Jason Barnes

Stage Manager Trish Montemuro

Assistant to the Designer Paul Ghirardani

Deputy Stage Managers Deborah Bowser, Eddie Keogh, Martin Newcombe, Virginia Pavey, Maggie Royce, Debbi Slater


Nic Jones: As I Lay Dying, True Dare Kiss, Five Play Bill, Command or Promise, The Garden of England

Freya Edwards: Murderers

Costume Supervisor Rebecca Neil

Wardrobe Mistress Margaret Easty

Stage Department Bob Southan, Jane Holden, John Singh, Gordon Keddie, Prad Pankhania

Props Department John Cooke, Michael Day, John Kent, Lee Harrington

Publicist Mary Parker

Programme compiled by Lyn Haill

House Manager Nicholas Huggins

Production credits:

Grateful thanks for their help with the Festival to the Central School of Art and Design, and to its first year students Charlie Edwards, Emma Frater, Kevin Knight, Julian McGowan, Lucasta McMullen, lan Morrison, Nick Perring, Jessica Rufus, and Kathy Strachan.

Thanks also to Young & Co's brewery plc. for the set of The Murderers. Telephone answering machine courtesy of Panasonic Industrial. David Fielder's hair by Linda Sparks of Sparks. Colour television supplied by O.T.V. Champagne by Moët & Chandon. Carlsberg by Carlsberg. Scenery handling by BT Rolatruc. Sets & Props constructed and painted in NT workshops. Metalwork and armoury by NT workshops. Costumes and wigs by NT workshops. For research and other help on The Garden of England, thanks to Kevin Costello, Tim Fywell, Jenny Galloway, Vincenzo Nicoli, Mick O'Neill and Maggie Steed.

Programme sponsored by John S Cohen Foundation.

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