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The York Realist by Peter Gill

Harrogate Studio Theatre

Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th June 2019
Evenings at 7.30
Saturday Matinee at 2.00
Box Office 01423 502116

 

Join us for an evening of drama infused with witty Yorkshire humour, exploring the differences between the metropolitan and the rural, complex family relationships and the issue of class.

Early 1960s, farm labourer George meets Londoner John at rehearsals for the York Mystery plays and the attraction is clear.

Find out what happens when John visits George in his tied cottage where he lives with his mother, a place where the rest of the family are frequent visitors.

George’s sister Barbara, trying to come to terms with her son growing up and her mother’s growing infirmity.

Her husband Arthur, an integral part of the family, keeping the peace between his wife and son Jack.

Jack, with the forthrightness of youth on the cusp of adulthood observing what’s happening around him and considering his own future.

Then there’s family friend Doreen, a rival for George’s affections, she encourages his acting and bakes him pies, making for an interesting dynamic.

The play won the London Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play in 2001. In 2018 it was described in The Guardian as: ‘… adventurous, witty and fresh. The play comes like a rare blast of reality.’

The cleverly scripted Yorkshire realism will draw you into a world before ‘Pride’

(This is a love story and sex is alluded to but there are no explicit scenes.)