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The Dumb Waiter (Spartan Ensemble with Ian Watt and Paul Comrie)

By | Published on Thursday 22 August 2013

If there’s one morsel of theatre bound to leave a bitter, if not entirely un-enjoyable, taste in the mouth, it’s this site-specific production of Pinter’s ‘The Dumb Waiter’. Down in the kitchens of the New Town Theatre and secluded from the outside world, bar a dumb waiter, the audience become engrossed in Ben and Gus, and their wait for, well, who knows what? Like ‘Waiting for Godot’ with a culinary kick, this production sizzles with suspense and is seasoned with moments of darkly absurd humour. Completely overwhelming the cold, sterile space with furnace-like intensity, it instantly sets you squirming, unable to get out of the catch of mind-games firing around the kitchen. A twisted treat not to be missed.

New Town Theatre, until 25 Aug (not 12, 13), 1.15pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Katharine Wootton]