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The Caretaker

Sixty years after its premiere, Harold Pinter's powerful play still speaks to issues of identity, power and family ties.

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The Caretaker

Date: 16 Jan 2019

Aston lives in a junk filled room in personal and emotional isolation, tinkering with gadgets and dreaming of building a shed out in the yard.

His brother, Mick, inhabits his own world of aspirations but is held back by having to care for his vulnerable brother. It is winter.

Into this derelict household Aston gives shelter to Davies – a tramp he has rescued off the street – who has his own dreams and delusions. A battle of wits begins in the brutal world into which all three are thrown, as each tries to manipulate the situation to achieve their respective ends. As the play unfolds, so does the mystery of how the lives of these three men will forever be changed.

The Caretaker was Harold Pinter’s breakout play, and is regarded as one of the most brilliant contemporary classics of our time. Sixty years after its premiere, it remains a powerful play as it deals with identity, power and family ties.

Nicholas Papademetriou, Alex Bryant-Smith and Yalin Ozucelik feature.

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