Balm in Gilead

Guildhall School final-year actors present this play by one of America's premier playwrights

24 - 29 March 2017 / 19:30, 14:00
Silk Street Theatre, Guildhall School
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By Lanford Wilson

Joseph Blatchley director
Dora Schweitzer designer
K. Yoland video designer
Jess Bernberg lighting designer*
Tom Bosworth sound designer*

‘There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole, there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.’


Is there such a balm for the dispossessed, the disenfranchised, the junkies and hookers, pimps and hustlers, johns and cons in the seedy Broadway of 1960s New York?

Lanford Wilson is widely regarded as one of America’s premier playwrights. His lyric realism was influenced by Chekhov and Tennessee Williams, though his soul was formed off-Broadway, on Greenwich Village’s pocket-stages. Balm in Gilead was his first major play.

Suitable for ages 16+

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with cast members Mairi Hawthorn, Ruth Ollman and Fode Simbo, lighting designer Jess Bernberg and sound designer Tom Bosworth, as we discuss the School's production of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead, including what's inspired them in preparing for the production (there was an extensive film list), and some of the challenges of working on a play with multiple on-set conversations happening at the same time.

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