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Peter Gill Festival

The Sheffield Crucible and Studio present a season of work by playwright Peter Gill


Thursday 23 May — Saturday 22 June, 2002

  Directed by
Original Sin Peter Gill
Mean Tears Paul Miller
Kick For Touch Josie Rourke
Small Change Rufus Norris
Friendly Fire Nick Nuttgens

Over four weeks, this major retrospective of work by one of the country's leading writers also includes discussions, play readings and seminars:

Festival Introductory Lecture by Nicholas Wright

Wednesday 29 May, 1pm-2pm, Crucible Studio Theatre

Designing for Gill

Thursday 6 June, 2pm-4pm, the Millennium Galleries

Designers Alison Chitty and Jessica Curtis lead a workshop exploring the practical issues facing designers when creating a stage environment for Gill’s work. Suitable for people with some experience of theatre design.

Staging Gill

Saturday 15 June, 1pm-3pm, Crucible Studio Theatre

Directors Paul Miller, Josie Rourke, Rufus Norris and Nick Nuttgens lead a creative and technical exploration of taking the work of Peter Gill from the page to the stage.  Suitable for people with some experience of theatre design.

Peter Gill Masterclass

Thursday 20 June, 10am-1pm, Crucible Studio Theatre

Peter Gill takes a directing masterclass with invited young, practising theatre directors. This is an opportunity to experience one of British theatres key practitioners at work. Masterclass audience is suitable for people with a particular interest in theatre directing.

Post show talks

with directors and members of the companies:

  • Original Sin and Studio shows — 13 June
  • Friendly Fire — 11 June

Reviews, interviews, etc

Festival Production Team
Designer Alison Chitty Training: St Martin's School of Art and Central School of Art and Design.

Theatre: work includes: Ecstasy and Uncle Vanya (Hampstead Theatre); Measure For Measure and Julius Caesar (Riverside Studios); A Month In The Country, Don Juan, Danton's Death, Venice Preserv'd (British Drama Award), Tales From Hollywood, Fool For Love (West End), Antony And Cleopatra, The Late Shakespeares and Remembrance Of Things Past (Olivier Award for Best Costume Designer) and Luther (all Royal National Theatre); Tartuffe, Volpone and Hamlet (RSC); Orpheus Descending (Haymarket and Broadway).

Opera: includes: New Year (Houston and Glyndebourne); Gawain and Arianna (ROH); Jemifa (Dallas); Billy Budd (Geneva, Paris, LA, ROH -Olivier Award); Khovanshchina (ENO — Olivier Award); Meistersinger (Copenhagen); Turandot (Paris); The Flying Dutchman and Julius Caesar (Bordeaux); Tristan And Isolde (Seattle and Chicago); Otello (Munich); Dialogues Of The Carmelites (Santa Fe); Aida (Geneva) and The Last Supper (Berlin and Glyndebourne). Film: work includes: Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet; Naked and Secrets And Lies (Palme D'Or, Cannes).

She is Director of Motley Theatre Design Course.

Associate Designer Jessica Curtis Training: Motley Theatre Design Course.

Theatre: The Wizard Of Oz (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Macbeth (Nor Jyske Opera); Dangerous Corner (West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Garrick Theatre); The Clandestine Marriage (the Watermill Theatre); The Europeans (the British American Drama Academy); Arms And The Man (Exeter and the Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Three French Operas (Guildhall School of Music and Drama); Orpheus In The Underworld (Den Ny Opera, Denmark); Second To Last In The Sack Race (the New Victoria Theatre, Stoke); The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice (Salisbury Playhouse); Local Boy (Hampstead Theatre); Dangerous Corner (Palace Theatre, Watford); Sugar Sugar

(Bush Theatre); The Winter's Tale (Royal National Theatre Studio); 218: Underground (National Youth Theatre); The Rake's Progress and Don Giovanni (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama); The Rake's Progress (British Youth Opera); Vanessa (Trinity College of Music). Film: I Just Want To Kiss You (BBC 2 'Brief Encounters'); You Shall Have A Fishy (Open Eye Productions).

Lighting Designer Hartley T A Kemp Theatre: work with Peter Gill includes The York Realist (English Touring Theatre/Royal Court) and Certain Young Men and Tongue Of A Bird (Almeida). Work for Sheffield Theatres includes Don Juan, The Country Wife, As You Like It, A View From The Bridge, Twelfth Night (Crucible) and Queueing For Everest (Crucible Studio). Other recent work includes The Merchant Of Venice (RSC UK and international tour); Passion Play and Good (Donmar Warehouse); The Doctor's Dilemma (Almeida and UK tour); 50 Revolutions (Oxford Stage Company, Whitehall Theatre); No Sweat (Birmingham Rep); Dealer's Choice (Theatr Clwyd and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Faith (Royal Court Upstairs); The Disputation and The Queen Of Spades And I (Pluto Productions, New End); Thieves Like Us, In The Jungle Of Cities, Rosmersholm and Seascape With Sharks And Dancer (Southwark Playhouse); When Did You Last See Your Mother? (BAG). Opera: recent credits include: Mary Seacole (Gynyame, Royal Opera House Linbury Studio); Oreste and Oresteia (English Bach Festival Opera, Royal Opera House Linbury Studio); Iris (Opera Holland Park); M Butterfly, Martha, The Barber Of Seville, La Sonnambula and Carmen (Castleward Opera, Castleward and Belfast); Die Fledermaus (London City Opera, Chichester Festival Theatre and tour); and The Marriage Of Figaro (QEH and tour).

Musicals: recent work includes: Show Boat and West Side Story (Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck); Dorian (Arts Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (Theatre Royal, Hanlcy); Assassins and Sweet Lorraine (Old Fire Station, Oxford); and The Happy Prince (tour). Hartley is also Artistic Director of C venues at the Edinburgh Festival.

Peter Mumford Theatre: recent work as lighting designer includes Bacchae and Van Gogh In Brixton/House Of Secrets (Royal National Theatre); The Feast Of Snails (Lyric Theatre); Private Lives with Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan (Albery Theatre and Broadway); Hamlet with Sam West for the RSC (Barbican); The Bartered Bride (Royal Opera House); Madame Butterfly (Northern Ballet Theatre); Luther (Royal National Theatre); Redundant (Royal Court); Iphigenia (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); God Only Knows (Vaudeville); Medea (Queen's Theatre); 11 Corsaro (Athens Concert Hall); Don Pasquale (Opera Zuid, Holland); The Coronation Of Poppea (English National Opera); Of Oil And Water (Siobhan Davies Dance Company); Irek Mukhamedov And Dancers (Sadler's Wells); The Dispute and The Critic (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); Arthur (Birmingham Royal Ballet); The Crucible, Hidden Variables, A Stranger's Taste, This House Will Burn (Ashley Page — Royal Ballet); Sounding, Unrest, The Celebrated Soubrette (Rambert Dance Company); Lautrec (Shaftesbury Theatre); I Lakarina (Acropol Theatre, Athens); Eugene Onegin, Madama Butterfly (Opera North); Giulio Cesare (Opera de Bordeaux); Summerfolk, The Merchant Of Venice, Money, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (Royal National Theatre); Othello, The Taming Of The Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company); Long Day's Journey Into Night, An Ideal Husband, Oliver Twist, Therese Raquin

(Gate Theatre, Dublin). He directed and designed the European premiere of Earth And The Great Weather (by John Luther Adams) for the Almeida Opera 2000 season. Recently designed sets and lighting for Un Ballo In Maschera — Vilnius Festival. Television/Film: work includes directing 24 short films for the BBC2 series Forthy-Eight Preludes And Fugues (J S Bach) and he was lighting director for the other 24 films in the series. He was also Director of Photography for a new TV film version of Jenufa (dir. Katie Mitchell) for BBC2. In the past his work as a TV/film director has won both the Opera Screen and Dance Screen Awards and his TV adaptation of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake was nominated for an Emmy. He was the winner of the 1995 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his work on The Glass Blew In (Siobhan Davies) and Fearful Symmetries (Royal Ballet) and nominated Best Lighting Designer in 2000. He recently won Best Lighting Designer at the Irish Theatre Awards for Iphigenia.

Composer Terry Davies Terry is a composer and conductor whose credits include films, theatre and TV for many countries around the world. His dance piece The Car Man was winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical Event 2000.

Theatre: Terry's compositions for theatre include: Luther, The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, The Misanthrope, Neaptide, The Festival Of New Plays, Antigone and Tales From Hollywood (Royal National Theatre); Alice In Wonderland, A Patriot for Me, New England and Coriolanus (RSC); Life After George (the Duchess Theatre); The Lady In The Van (Birmingham Rep); Speed-The-Plow (Ambassadors and Duke of York's); Romeo And Juliet, As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream

(Regent's Park Theatre). The York Realist, Hushabye Mountain and The School For Scandal (English Touring Theatre); Alarms And Excursions (Gielgud Theatre); Tongue Of A Bird (Almeida Theatre); The Snow Queen (Theatr Clwyd); Uncle Vanya (Held Day); The Way Of The World (Lyric, Hammersmith) and Richard III (Icelandic National Theatre). Terry has written two musicals: Kes (music and lyrics for Octagon Theatre, Bolton and Theatre Royal, York) and The Birds (Istanbul City Theatre).

Television: Terry has conducted and/or orchestrated for many dramas and documentaries including: The Inspector Lynley Mysteries; Flesh And Blood; Sinners; Dalziel And Pascoe; Shackleton; Crime And Punishment; Bloody Sunday; Perfect Strangers (BAFTA nominated score); Jason And The Argonauts; Superhuman; The Mayor Of Casterbridge; The Turn Of The Screw; All The King's Men; Shooting The Past (winner Prix Italia, 1999); Our Mutual Friend and Deacon Brodie.

Film: Terry has orchestrated and conducted the scores for Doctor Sleep; The Lawless Heart; The Sleeping Dictionary; Born Romantic; A Midsummer Night's Dream (Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Kline version); The War Zone; Perdita Durango; Cousin Bette and Photographing Fairies and orchestrated The Parole Officer. He also conducted the music for The House Of Mirth; Some Voices; About Adam; The Suicide Club; The Last Yellow; With Or Without You; Shakespeare In Love (co-conductor — Oscar-winning score); The Debt Collector and Divorcing Jack.

Casting Director Julia Horan
Simone Reynolds
Assistant Director Nikolai Foster Nikolai trained at Drama Centre London, graduating in July 2001. Work as assistant director whilst training included The Importance Of Being Earnest (Queen's Theatre Hornchurch), The Rendezvous (Cochrane Theatre), The Merchant Of Venice, Middleton's Women Beware Women and Koltes' Roberto Zucco.

He comes to the Crucible on the Channel Four Theatre Director Scheme, where he has assisted Michael Grandage on Richard III and Don Juan, Angus Jackson on Mamet's Sexual Perversity In Chicago and The Shawl, Fiona Laird on High Society (on which he was also resident director) and Erica Whyman on Pinter's The Birthday Party.

Dialect Coach William Conacher Theatre: Semi Detached, The Man Who Came To Dinner, The King Of Prussia, The Recruiting Officer, Aristocrats, The Sea, In Celebration, Hock And Soda Water, A Spell Of Cold Weather, The Front Page (Chichester Festival and Minerva Theatres); Snake In The Fridge, Loot, Time And The Conways (Royal Exchange, Manchester); No Sweat, Silence (Birmingham Rep); Half A Sixpence, Naked Justice (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Angels In America, The Glass Menagerie, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, Molly Sweeney, Death Of A Salesman, Perfect Days, Pygmalion (Library Theatre, Manchester); Comedians (Oxford Stage). London credits include: The Beautiful Game (Cambridge); Closer To Heaven (Arts); Top Girls (Aldwych); Dick Whittington (Sadler's Wells); The Blue Room (Haymarket). Television: Peak Practice; Heartbeat; A Touch Of Frost; Messiah; In His Life: The John Lennon Story; BAFTA award winning Faking It. Film: Topsy Turvey; My Kingdom; The Rocket Post and Three Blind Mice. William is also dialect coach at RADA.
Chaperone Gaynor Watts
Stage Manager Cath Booth
Di Stalker
Deputy Stage Manager Kath Bools
Emma Cameron
Louise Dancey
Donna Reeves
Assistant Stage Managers Danni Bastian
Kim Lewis
Student on placement Adam Foster
Andrew Foster
Festival brochure Sophie Hunter

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