Pinter Five | The Room / Victoria Station
Pinter at the Pinter
About Pinter Five
Harold Pinter’s first play, The Room, features in a triple-bill directed by Pinter’s colleague and friend, Patrick Marber. An all-too-familiar and frighteningly topical brand of English xenophobia runs through this darkly funny and unexpectedly odd play from 1957. In the hilarious Victoria Station and the reflective Family Voices, isolated voices attempt to communicate, but can we ever truly express the depths of our feeling?
Cast includes Rupert Graves, Jane Horrocks, Emma Naomi, Nicholas Woodesen.
Free Q&A with members of the Company: Mon 14 January 2019
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The fifth offering from the Pinter at the Pinter season is a triple bill showcasing the playwright’s mastery over enticingly enigmatic dialogue. The trio of plays are directed by Patrick Marber, an old friend and collaborator of Pinter himself.
In Pinter’s first play “The Room,” a wife cooks a meal for her husband in the damp basement space they’re renting, constantly moving and chatting while he sits in silence. With anxiety already mounting, the tension only builds further with the introduction of a series of visitors, ultimately ending in a violent confrontation between time and memory.
The latter two plays “Family Voices” and “Victoria Station” are filled with darkly comic Pinter vibes. “Family Voices” reveals the complicated relationship between a mother and son grieving their late husband/father through a series of letters, eventually descending into the absurd. And the final play, “Victoria Station,” is a brief but perfect encapsulation of Pinter’s notorious style, “comedy of menace.”
Performed in honour of the 10th anniversary of the esteemed playwright’s death, Pinter at the Pinter is an unprecedented year-long series produced by the Jamie Lloyd Company.
What To Watch For
- Director Patrick Marber is a particularly apt choice for helming these plays as he was once referred to by the Evening Standard as “Pinter's spiritual heir.” In the past he’s taken on several of Pinter’s plays, including the 40th anniversary production of “The Caretaker” starring Michael Gambon.
- “Victoria Station” was performed in 2009 at the Haymarket Theatre as part of a series called “Pinters People,” notably starring “comedy’s Mozart” Bill Bailey (Sunday Times).
- The word “Pinteresque” is, in fact, an official word included in the dictionary. All three plays in this triple bill include Pinter’s characteristic writing traits such as dark comedy and lengthy, destabilizing pauses.
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