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Year
2009

Role
Theatre

Production
40 minute One man show - The Divine Oscar

Director
Helen Houghton

Company
Peter Gilchrist

Opening Night Venue
Kelvin Grove Club , Cape Town

Corporate Entertainment -
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Description of Show
The Divine Oscar proved a great hit when it opened to a packed audience at the prestigious Kelvin Grove Club in Cape Town in March 09, and has since proved a hit at a number of corporate dinners.

Peter Gilchrist has produced a stunning one man show, lasting 40 minutes in which he brings to the evening so much of the humour and a little of the tragedy in the life of this flawed genius, not only his works but his life and loves.

How many of us realise that he was head over heals in love with the notorious Lily Langtry, sleeping on her doorstep night after night in the snow!

He was also married very happily, with two children before he fell hopelessly for Bosie, Lord Alfred Douglas. He had been gay since teenage but now became infamous and spent two years in Reading gaol for his homosexuality-behaviour far from unusal in so many other quarters!

Through most of his earlier years he sailed through Dublin particularly, London and New York hugely in demand for his charm and wit - a major social player.

He was a writer of genius with an intense eye for social frailtles, especially among the upper classes.

Peter's show introduces us to Wilde the man, but with great humour of his own, to some of the funniest and best observed of Wilde's plays. Peter plays seven different characters, bringing to life scenes from "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "An Ideal Husband." Many of us remember the lovely moment when Earnest admits he was born - 'in a handbag' The show had to stop for several moments when Peter introduced them to Lady Bracknel in all her majestic glory. Lord Goring and his manservant Phipps share some hilarious dialogue and there is a lovely moment between Wilde between Wilde and his very Irish prison warder, Tom Martin.

The show is remarkably easy to stage, ideal for a club or corporate dinner. A one man show and his stage manager, a lectern, a chair, preferably a Victorian standard lamp an occasional table, a bowl of carnations, that's all!










The Killing Game

Year
2005

Role
Private Brown

Production
The Killing Game

Director
Nick Andrews

Company
Ubiquitous Touring

Venue
Touring and Salon Varietés Theatre, Fuengirola

Description
"It was the acting and direction that were the stars of the evening. Monday night's performance oozed profesionalism. From the moment the five cast were onstage you knew instinctively that you were watching a group of actors who were comfortable with their art. Peter Gilchrist as Private John Brown, MM had a presence onstage befitting pf any West End actor and his role as the long serving "batman/oppo" to his Lieutenant Colonel was superbly handled with the right nuances and stature".
Local Fuengirola Newspaper Review








Englishman Abroad

Year
2006

Role
Guy Burgess

Production
An Englishman Abroad

Director -

Company -

Venue
Becon Theatre, Beaconsfield

Description
Alan Bennett builds a beautifully edgy meeting between Guy Burgess and Coral Brown. An award winning production with two sensitive characterisations.

This production won best play and best actor awards at two festivals.






On Golden Pond

Year

Role
Norman

Production
On Golden Pond

Director
Jonathon Marks

Company
Fourways

Venue -
Touring

Description
A part made famous by Henry Fonda would always be a challenge. Nevertheless, this production settled in very confidently. It was a great challenge playing an elderly, portly American. Reviews suggested that our interpretation worked well.





The Tempest

Year

Role
Alonso

Production
The Tempest

Director


Company
Chilton Shakespeare

Venue
Hall Barn, Beaconsfield

Description
Peter's first launch into outdoor Shakespeare with a well funded, extremely competent company. This cameo part gave Peter the chance to develop a rich characterisation with a well balanced cast.







Man for all Seasons

Year

Role
Sir Thomas More

Production
Man for all Seasons

Director
Cassia Sharp

Company
Beaconsfield Theatre

Venue
Becon Theatre, Beaconsfield

Description
A massive production, a beautifully written script and a fascinating, demanding role. "Very many congratulations on this production. A real winner with some of the finest acting I've seen in Beaconsfield for many years."
Bucks
Newspaper Review








Alls Well that Ends Well

Year

Role
King of France

Production
Alls Well that Ends Well

Director
Jeff Walker

Company
Chiltern Shakespeare

Venue
Hall Barn

Description
A sizable role in one of Shakespeare's more complex plays. The part demanded a fascinating contrast between the ill and dying King, and the very much more rebust monarch dealing with a turbulent court and the unprecedented defiance of Bertram. A thoroughly convincing and well rounded performance.




Shadowlands

Year

Role
Jack Lewis

Production


Director


Company


Venue


Description
Peter felt that this was perhaps the most emotionally demanding role that he has played. To find, having never loved before, that the moment of reaslising that he is in love is the moment he is aware that his beloved Joy is dying.




The Cemetery Club

Year
2005

Role
Sam

Production
The Cemetery Club

Director

Company

Venue
Becon Theatre

Description
A gentle, cheerful, challenging production. Sam is a delightful, somewhat bemused Jewish butcher in New York. After the death of his wife he falls in love all over again. This production has always been the favourite of Peter's wife, Rosemarie.


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