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Apprenticeship is Peter Gill’s potent recollection of the changing theatrical landscape of the 1960s and his journey from being a young actor to becoming a world-renowned director and playwright. Using his recently re-discovered 1962 diary, he recalls being in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, as part of the first RSC London season, and how this experience began to develop his own ideas of what theatre might be.
Gill explores his reaction to that apprenticeship in the context of young directors training today. An experience the diary shows to have been at times "baffling and exhilarating and sometimes frankly awful", it nevertheless produces an evocative portrait of post war British theatre and the profound impact of the work of Brecht and the Berliner Ensemble on theatre and on Gill's own subsequent work.
Apprenticeship is also, in part, the story of a young actor trying to understand what the theatre is and, in the process, moving towards becoming a director.

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-871-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB


Peter Gill started work as an actor, both on stage and on film, but soon changed his career to directing and playwriting. He is considered to be one of the most important directors of the last thirty years, beginning with ground-breaking productions of plays by D H Lawrence, Heathcote Williams, and Joe Orton at the Royal Court Theatre, where he was Assistant Director and an Associate Director. In 1984, he founded the National Theatre Studio. His plays include The Sleepers Den (Royal Court, 1965), Over Gardens Out (Royal Court, 1968), Small Change (Royal Court, 1976), Kick for Touch (Royal National Theatre, 1983), Cardiff East (Royal National Theatre, 1997), Certain Young Men (Almeida Theatre, 1999), The York Realist (English Touring Theatre, 2001) and Original Sin (Sheffield, 2002).