Pinter Four | Moonlight / Night School
Pinter at the Pinter
About Pinter Four
The brutality of family life and the subjectivity of memory are explored in the emotionally raw and richly funny Moonlight, directed by Olivier Award winner Lyndsey Turner, in which the past haunts the dark, lonely recesses of a dying father’s bedroom.
An East End criminal returns home from prison to find his room has been occupied by a mysterious woman with a secret. Set in the sweaty nightclubs and claustrophobic boarding houses of 1960s London, this is a rare opportunity to see the brilliantly witty and vivid Night School, directed by the inventive young director, Ed Stambollouian.
Free Q&A with members of the Company: Tuesday 20th November
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Ten years after Pinter’s death, Jamie Lloyd Company’s Pinter at the Pinter is a unique year-long theatre series that honours the playwright’s legacy with an ambitious anthology of his treasured works. The fourth instalment features a characteristically quirky double bill including “Moonlight” and “Night School.” The two shows, a dark drama and a dark comedy respectively, highlight the various signature elements for which the Nobel Prize-winning playwright is so celebrated, complete with his terse but rhythmic dialogue and mind-bending lapses in time.
Directed by Olivier Award winner Lyndsey Turner, “Moonlight” tells the story of a man on his deathbed, his two estranged oddball sons, and his wife trying to piece the family back together before it’s too late. Much like the lapsed relationships, time in the play is also pointedly lapsed, as flawed memory blurs lines between past and present.
“Night School” follows a more conventional structure, revolving around a young man’s journey to unravel the secrets of a tenant who has taken his room while he was in prison. Ed Stambollouian’s direction lends the production an “irreverent, punky treatment” in accordance with its East London setting (Time Out), couching a memorable tribute to Hackney within this lesser known comedic gem.
What To Watch For
- For a production celebrating his 75th birthday, Pinter himself played the lead role of Andy in “Moonlight,” broadcast by the BBC three years before his death in 2008.
- Between scenes in this production of “Night School,” Abbie Finn plays the drums to enhance the vibe of the 1960s punk era, the “percussive thunder adding to the atmosphere.”
- “Night School” was first written for television in 1960, starring Pinter’s then-wife Vivien Merchant.
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