An Evening of Pinter – Three One Act Plays
Night School, Party Time & Victoria Station by Harold Pinter
Directed by Neil Fisher
When the Pinter night was first under discussion I wanted to find two or three pieces that would be entertaining and approachable, as well as good examples of the range of his work.
Pinter is generally recognised as a master of dialogue and observation. For me, his observational method works because I can recognise the sorts of behaviour in people I have known (and perhaps they can in me). Pinter’s style of humour often draws on the absurdity of everyday, trivial situations: aunts fussing around their errant nephew, arguing about where to buy cakes, worrying about how to hang the curtains or the ludicrous ironies in the tales the characters tell as they try to impress or compete for control. When you read his scripts such scenes feel so real.
He does of course also have serious points to make; even in lighter pieces such as Night School. In all three pieces I enjoy the fact that Pinter doesn’t seek to lecture his audience on his views. Rather than a neat and conventional ending, he frequently leaves issues unreolved so that his audience are free to interpret what is really going on. If you find yourself asking “what was that all about?” you are probably not alone.
|Mr Solto||Neil Fisher|
|Night Club Manager||Neil Davis|
|Driver 274||Paul Bonnici|