Peter Gill Festival
by Kevin Harley, The Independent, 18 May 2002
The veteran playwright Peter Gill received a major career boost recently, when his tender, naturalistic love story, The York Realist, became a huge success at London's Royal Court. For many, though, his plays have been among - in the words of John Burgess - "the best-kept secrets in British theatre" for some time. For theatre aficionados, he's one of the UK's most revered working-class playwrights, his fluid, Chekhovian style capturing the minutiae of human relationships with great poetry and acuity. This impressive season offers a chance to see four of his early plays, as well as a new one, Original Sin, directed by Gill himself. There are masterclasses and lectures on the man's work, too. It's a fine season - how much longer Gill will remain a "secret", though, is a moot point.
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