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Cardiff Play to Get First Welsh Production in over 30 years     

Cardiff Play to Get First Welsh Production in over 30 years A new production of a play by an internationally recognised Cardiff playwright whose work is rarely performed in his home city, will be on at Sherman, Cardiff from 20 March – 11 April.

Small Change by Peter Gill is a story of growing up in the East Side of Cardiff in the 1950s, and is widely regarded as his finest play. Gerard and Vincent spend their days swimming down the docks, missing school and stealing duck eggs. But real live begins to smother their childhood and their mothers feel the strain of neglectful husbands. Small Change is a bittersweet story about the lives of two Cardiff families, and about the sometimes tragic effects that result from things going unsaid. Director Amy Hodge comments:

“Small Change is essentially a story of life in post war Cardiff; how fun it could be for kids, how tough it could be for mothers and how fundamentally we are all shaped and often trapped by the events of our past. It's very clearly based in the Tremorfa area of Cardiff, where Peter Gill himself grew up, and is filled with rich imagery of Cardiff as it used to be. It's a beautifully written play showing Peter, one of Wales leading playwrights, at his best. I'm excited to be part of the team that stages it in Cardiff for the first time since the 1970s.”

Amy, alongside designer Patrick Burnier, has researched the Tremorfa area of Cardiff and will be transforming Sherman’s studio theatre into the post-war docks area of Cardiff.

Small Change stars Ifan Meredith, whose father Ioan Meredith also starred in Small Change in the only other known Welsh production of the play at The Sherman Theatre in the 1970s, and Kenny Doughty, who has worked extensively in film and TV, as Vincent and Gerard respectively. Well known Welsh actresses Lisa Palfrey and Bafta Cymru award-winning actress Helen Griffin, play the boys mothers.

Peter Gill was born in Cardiff in 1939 and his other plays include The Sleepers Den, Kick for Touch and Cardiff East. Also a well established director, Peter directed the first production of Small Change at the Royal Court in 1976. In 2008, the Donmar Warehouse produced a successful production of Small Change starring Sue Johnston and Lindsey Coulson.

Small Change is on at Sherman from 20 March – 11 April (Previews 20 – 24 March) Tickets are £12, £10, £8 (£10, £8, £6 for Preview performances) New VAT rate will be applied when booking. Tickets can be booked from Sherman’s Box Office on 029 2064 6900 or online at (No booking fee)
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