The Jamie Lloyd Company presents One for The Road / The New World Order / Mountain Language/ Ashes to Ashes at the Harold Pinter Theatre as part of its complete season of one-act plays by the Nobel Prize-winning British writer Harold Pinter. Celebrating the legacy of the "most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation" (The Guardian) on the 10th anniversary of his death, this quartet of plays runs from 6 September 2018 until 20 October 2018 and promises an unforgettable theatrical experience.
One for The Road is one of Pinter’s most terrifying pieces; a chilling look into the torture of a family by a ruthless government official with a haunting conclusion. The New World Order is ten minutes of nail-biting tension. It explores how the abuse of power is legitimised in the name of democracy, as two interrogators prepare to inflict their terrible punishment on a blind-folded insurgent. Pinter investigates the suppression of ideas and the supposed threat of non-conformity in Mountain Language: a group of captives attempt to find a voice when their shared language is banned by the state. Ashes to Ashes is splendidly atmospheric and takes you on a mysterious and sinister journey. The nightmare of human atrocity infiltrates a couple’s living room – but what is fact and what is fiction?
These one-act plays are directed by award-winning actress and long-time Pinter collaborator, Lia Williams.
A special pre-show charity performance of Pinter’s Nobel Lecture Art, Truth and Politics will be performed by Mark Rylance at 6pm Tuesday 2 October in aid of Stop the War.
Cast includes Paapa Essiedu, Kate O'flynn, Antony Sher, Jonjo O’Neill and Maggie Steed.
About the Pinter at the Pinter season:
The Jamie Lloyd Company presents a complete season of Harold Pinter's one-act plays to celebrate the legacy of the Nobel Prize-winning British writer on the 10th anniversary of his death. This unique theatrical event will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 6 September 2018 to 23 February 2019, and promises an unforgettable celebration of the "most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation" (The Guardian).
One for The Road:
Smooth brute Nicholas, head of the secret - or maybe not secret – police, in a country that could be, and probably is, anywhere; which is not to say nowhere, but everywhere, interrogates Victor, his wife Gila and their seven-year-old son Nicky in a neurotically tidy office. The hideous torture portrayed on stage is entirely verbal and more sinister than physical torture could ever be. This disturbing, overtly-political piece about human rights and the abuses of totalitarian governments is known to have an emotional impact on its audience. It’ll leave you reeling.
The New World Order:
This ten minute play opens with an insurgent sat gagged and bound in a chair. Two interrogators discuss in vague terms the punishment they are about to inflict upon him. One of the men begins to cry, happy that they are making the world safe for democracy.
Mountain Language is about the repression of the weakest, depriving them of a voice and making sure that even if they can speak the “language of the capital”, they won't be able to. This extraordinarily chilling short play has three sets of characters, two women who are visiting their imprisoned husbands, the officers and guards, authoritarian low-level officers, who exercise every bit of power they have and a single, hooded, political prisoner.
Ashes To Ashes:
Ashes to Ashes may give off an atmosphere of uncertainty, but every line of masterful dialogue is deliberate and it won’t explain itself to you. Devlin probes Rebecca about a past lover in a dimly lit room. It emerges that her ex was not just sexually dominating but also a top fascist official which leads to much confusion and envy on Devlin’s part, raising questions surrounding the topics of sexuality and cruelty.
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(3mins) Take Coventry Street up to Oxendon Road; the theatre is 100 metres along on the right.