Thursday, October 11, 2012

Family Voices / One For The Road

Theatre company Fast Intent are back with more Harold Pinter works for us to enjoy. Pinter, the winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, has a Beckett-like quality to his plays, and Fast Intent have used his material before to good effect. Their latest production consists of two Pinter plays, Family Voices and One For The Road.

Family Voices is a three-actor play based on a radio script. It's engaging enough, but the real quality of the evening comes from the second piece, the fascinating and vicious One For The Road. The well-written programme for the production quite wisely avoids giving away the concept, and I will hold the same convention here. I'll just say that while it's not physically gruesome the subject matter is, um, somewhat harsh. The phrase most often used is "comedy of menace", and while Pinter himself seems not to have liked the phrase it does capture the ambience of the play. Daniel Costello, playing Nicholas, conveys a wonderful joy and enthusiasm in his dark and intimidating role, providing a far more thoughtful take on the subject of the play than if Pinter had resorted to simple statements of morality. If this doesn't make sense without having seen the play... sorry - go see it!

The production continues until 13th October, starting at 7:30 pm each evening and running for 55 minutes without an interval. Tickets cost €12.50, or €10 for groups of 10 or more.


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