Gillian won the Verity Bargate award in 1988 with Me and My Friend, a poignantly funny play about the release of four patients from a psychiatric hospital into the community. It was first produced at the Soho Poly Theatre in 1990 and at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1992, directed by Ian Rickson.
The Purity Game formed part of the opening season of Chichester’s Minerva Theatre Studio in 1989. Storm was produced in Hastings and London’s Soho theatre by Freehand Theatre Company in 2000/01.
Radio plays for the BBC include The Wooden Pear in 1991 starring Anna Massey, Philip and Rowena in 1993 with Leslie Phillips and Renee Asherson, A Sea Change in 1995 with Jenny Funnell and David’s Birthday in 2000 with Amanda Root and Clare Holman. A film script Daisyworld was commissioned by Paramount Pictures.
Boniface and Me, a radio version of Yours Abundantly from Zimbabwe, was broadcast in December 2007, the first in a trilogy of radio plays featuring Harriet Walter. Gracey and Me was broadcast in 2010 and Loveness and Me in 2012.
In 1996, Gillian’s play Padlocked formed part of the Etcetera Theatre’s One-Person Play Festival and Imagine Imogen was read at the London New Play Festival in 1997.
Full length plays include Moments of Glory, which received a rehearsed reading at the Nuffield Theatre in November 1998, Another Fine Mess was toured by the PostScript Theatre Company in 1998/99 and Pits, which was a runner up in the 2004 King’s Cross Award for new writing.
Yours Abundantly from Zimbabwe,* directed by Annie Castledine, was produced at the Oval House Theatre, London, during Black History Month, October 2008, and Crooked Wood was produced at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in September 2008.
The End of the Journey, a full-length play, directed by Pamela Howard and linked to the start of World War One was produced in the Pavilion Theatre in Selsey in August 2014, a first production in the near-derelict building for over fifty years. Tonight in the Pavilion – Charlie Chaplin was produced there in 2015, and Tonight in the Pavilion – Laurel and Hardy in May 2016. These plays prompted the start of the building’s renovation as a centre for the arts.
*Yours Abundantly from Zimbabwe was featured in Plays for Today by Women, published by Aurora Metro Books in 2013 and Crooked Wood was published by Oberon Books.