August can be a little quiet for new theatrical releases, so I'm pleased to see that theatre company Fast Intent are soon to present a production of Harold Pinter's Ashes to Ashes. Fast Intent are a new (unfunded) amateur company and this is their first production. Here's how they describe the play:
A man questions a woman about an old lover. The answers she gives him speak of a collective history of suffering. Ashes to Ashes, Pinter’s penultimate play, was written in 1996 against the backdrop of the Balkan War and asks how intimate relationships can operate within a world of violence. Images of war permeate the text; as the characters grapple with shadows and reflections of an unknowable past. With his inimitable dark humour, Pinter merges the personal and the political, creating a sort of sinister love story cast in the shadow of the cruelty and violence that has dominated recent history.
The venue is The Complex, Smithfield Square, Smithfield. (The Complex has an interesting story in its own right but I'll leave that for another time.) The play is on from 23rd to 27th August, starting at 8 pm each evening and running for 45 minutes. Tickets cost from €10 to €14. Bookings can currently be made by calling 086 8333435.
The production is performed by permission of Samuel French Ltd.