‘It’s not only pictures of the past that invented me, but the literal past.
Things happened that couldn’t be changed.’
Peter Gills’ powerful memory play, set on the east side of Cardiff in the 1950s and the 1970s, about boyhood, the complex relationships between mothers and sons and the search for truth is revived by George Richmond-Scott at Omnibus Theatre from April 21 to May 9.
Last performed in London in 2008, this poetic exploration of the human condition centres around Gerard, a troubled man at the end of youth, trapped by his past. He relives his vibrant childhood in search for the moment that defined him. Gill’s story and its close examination of the truth and beauty in the ordinary and mundane, is widely regarded as his finest work.
Small Change will be George Richmond-Scott’s second play at Omnibus Theatre and follows his double 2018 OFFIE nominated adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding. He says of Gill’s work: “I was drawn to his incredibly vivid, lyrical language and his gift for evoking place and childhood. At the heart of this play is a powerful examination of parent, child and love. It’s a story that looks at how we deal with the past and old wounds in our quest for peace and reconciliation.”
George is also the associate director of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie in the West End and launched his new production company, Both Barrels Theatre, last year as a not-for-profit organisation. The creative team also includes movement director Rachel Wise (WELSH NATIONAL OPERA, ORANGE TREE THEATRE) and lighting designer Josh Gadsby (YOUNG VIC, NEW DIORAMA, MANCHESTER ROYAL EXCHANGE). The Small Change set and costumes will be designed by Liam Bunster (The Taming of the Shrew, GLOBE, Yokes Night, THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD, Macbeth, RSC ).
Directed by: George Richmond-Scott
Movement director: Rachel Wise
Set and costume design: Liam Bunster
Lighting designer: Josh Gadsby
Full Creative and Casting will be announced soon.