Preview by Paul Nelson
PARIS-based Dear Conjunction Theatre presents, in English, a
pair of Pinter plays written four decades apart at Wimbledon
Studio Theatre (Wimbledon Theatre) for one week. The double
bill consists of A Slight Ache (1956) and Ashes to Ashes
A Slight Ache is set in an elegant country garden.
Edward and Flora are arguing over the tactics of killing a wasp
that has flown into the marmalade. Edward decides to go in for
the kill. But who is the bizarre matchmaker who stands daily at
the garden gate?
And how do husband and wife, respectively, respond to the unknown?
The play is directed by Joe Sheridan, with Les Clack and Patricia
Ashes to Ashes follows Devlin and Rebecca, both in their
forties. They are alone in a room of a country house.
The true and precise nature of their relationship is never revealed
but as the evening light fades outside, the lamplight inside intensifies.
A cat-and-mouse game of sexual jealousy is played out between
a man and a woman, interrogator and victim, power and helplessness.
Their roles are gradually reversed; through a subtle and yet
vivid web of echoes, dreams and memories; the enigmas of the drawing
room merge into images of history.
Pinter examines questions of guilt and innocence, evoking memories
of the worst suffering of our age. This play is directed by Christian
Erickson, again with Les Clack and Patricia Kessler.
One of our leading contemporary playwrights, Harold Pinter is
the patron of Dear Conjunction Theatre, Paris.
Ashes to Ashes, a double bill by Harold Pinter, Directed by
Joe Sheridan and Christian Erickson, WITH: Les Clack (Edward/Devlin)
and Patricia Kessler (Flora/Rebecca). Presented by Dear Conjunction
Theatre at Wimbledon Studio Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19,
Monday, April 28 to Saturday, May 3 at 7.30pm (Wednesday matinee
at 3pm). Tickets 020 8540 0362.
Concessions apply. Bargain Monday, two tickets for the price
of one, and Student Rush, available tickets can be purchased for
£5 one hour before the show Tuesday to Thursday performances