The York Realist by Peter Gill will be produced by Headgate Theatre Productions from 8 – 11th February 2023.
An information session will be held on Saturday 30th July at 4pm at the Headgate Theatre, with auditions on 6th August from 7pm or 7th August from 10am
Book your place at the information session HERE
Early 1960s, Yorkshire. Farm labourer George is cast in an amateur staging of the York Mystery Plays. His world is shaken when he falls for metropolitan assistant director John and the two men embark on a clandestine affair.
The York Realist was premiered by the English Touring Theatre at The Lowry, Salford Quays in November 2001; it moved to the Bristol Old Vic that same year and, in 2002, to the Royal Court Theatre, London. The play was revived by the Donmar Warehouse, London, in February 2018.
Winner of the London Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play.
(Information courtesy Faber)
All ages indicated are playing age. No payment is made to performers who are part of Headgate Theatre Productions.
- GEORGE the farmer who discovers a talent for acting and is surprised by a yearning for more than the limitations of his life. 20s – 30s
- JOHN the assistant director. As a Londoner he is out of his comfort zone in the country but is attracted to the natural beauty and the rural life. 20s – 30s
- MOTHER not strong in health but determined to remain at the centre of the family and to look after George, who is her favourite. She is warm, managing and unsentimental. 60s up
- DOREEN is a family friend who was at school with George and has encouraged his acting talents. She is a regular chapel-goer, kind and caring. She has hopes of marriage to George. 20s – 30s
- BARBARA is George’s older sister who has moved from the farm with her family to a modern council house ‘with all mod cons’ in the village. She clearly wears the trousers and is quite bossy. 30s
- ARTHUR is Barbara’s husband. He has moved from farming to shift work at his wife’s bidding. He is hen-pecked, quiet and lacking in confidence. He likes a drink! 30s
- JACK is their teenage son. He is about to leave school and going through a rebellious stage, unsure about his future. He is good-natured but awkward and gauche. 14-16
“Peter Gill’s The York Realist presents brutally lived-in dialogue and family dynamics in abundance. It is a story of an ordinary, working-class man (George) torn between two paths, albeit one more full of conflict than the other.
For me, the conundrum of what sort of man George does or does not want to be, versus what he thinks he must be for the sake of his family, heritage and economic background is what makes this play so captivating.
Amongst its warmth and romance is a well-trodden examination of class divide and what it means to belong, which ultimately makes it a classic.”