A darkly comic thriller...
The Dumb Waiter was performed on Friday 9th September at The Witham, Barnard Castle. More than 170 attended the sold out event which raised more than £1,000.
About the play
Gus (Andrew Stainthorpe) and Ben (Steven Bainbridge) are on the job, holed-up in a dingy, disused basement kitchen for their next shady assignment.
But their established routine is quickly disrupted when into the waiting silence rattles a dumb waiter with extraordinary demands for dishes they cannot supply.
As the pair blindly try and fulfil the obscure orders that descend from above, they begin to realise that this job is unlike any other. Tensions rise and tempers flare as an unseen power propels them towards a realisation of the true identity of the ‘hit’ and a brutal finale.
Small but perfectly formed, The Dumb Waiter (1957) might be considered the best of Harold Pinter's early plays. Sinister and to the point, Pinter makes dramatic poetry of the banalities of everyday speech and the precision with which it defines character.
‘Harold Pinter is the most original writer to have emerged from the "new wave" of dramatists who gave fresh life to the British theatre in the fifties and early sixties.’ - The Times
This amateur production of “Dumb Waiter, The” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.