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Peter Gill's Small Change to be revived at Omnibus Theatre

Small Change

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Peter Gill’s powerful memory play, Small Change, is being revived by George Richmond-Scott at Omnibus Theatre from April 21 to May 9, 2020.

Set on the east side of Cardiff in the 1950s and the 1970s, Small Change is about boyhood, the complex relationships between mothers and sons and the search for truth.

It’s not only pictures of the past that invented me, but the literal past.
Things happened that couldn’t be changed.

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 Richmond-Scott 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). Set and costumes will be designed by Liam Bunster (The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe, Yokes Night, Theatre Royal Stratford, Macbeth, RSC ).

Tickets: £16, £13 (£10 previews). To book, call the box office on 0207 498 4699 or visit www.omnibus-clapham.org/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 4pm.

Omnibus Theatre’s Spring 2020 Season.