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The York Realist

For the author after which this play is named, see York Realist.

The York Realist is a 2001 play by Peter Gill. It was premiered at the Lowry in November 2001 before moving to the Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Court Theatre in January 2002 by English Touring Theatre, with Gill himself directing. It transferred to the Strand Theatre in March 2002.

The play was revived in September 2009 at the Riverside Studios by the company Good Night Out Presents, to mark Gill's 70th birthday.

Plot

It is set in the early 1960s and revolves around George (a Yorkshire farm labourer involved in a production of the York Mystery Plays who withdraws from the production), John (the production's shy assistant director who tries to convince him to come back), the love affair between them, and the clash between regional and London culture.

Reception

Reviews of the original production ranged from "a rare blast of reality" ().

The play was nominated for Best New Play at the Olivier Awards and Evening Standard Theatre Awards and won the Critics Circle Award for Best New Play.

Original cast

Crew

  • Director - Peter Gill
  • Designer - William Dudley
  • Lighting Designer - Hartley T A Kemp
  • Composer - Terry Davies
  • Assistant Director - Josie Rourke
  • Dialect Coach - Jeanette Nelson

Revival

The play was revived in October 2009 at

Cast

  • George - Stephen Hagan
  • John - Matthew Burton
  • George and Barbara's Mother - Stephanie Fayerman
  • Barbara - Sarah Waddell
  • Arthur - Sam Hazeldine
  • Doreen - Fiona Gordon
  • Jack - Jack Blumeneau

Crew

  • Director - Adam Spreadbury-Maher
  • Designer - Kate Guinness
  • Costume Designer - Mia Thomson
  • Lighting Designer - Steve Lowe

References

External links

  • The York Realist homepage


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