"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. "
(Macbeth: Act V Scene V)
'The Dumb Waiter' by Harold Pinter
Directed by: Anthony Norman
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Gus and Ben are two hit-men waiting for instructions as to their next victim. The play is an early example of Pinter's so-called comedies of menace. He wrote 'The Dumb Waiter' at the start of his career as a dramatist back in 1957, yet almost everything that makes his best work distinctive is already in place, not least the sense of edgy unease and the spare precision of his language, which turns the most banal exchanges into often blackly comic stage poetry. It is widely recognised that the piece has parallels with Samuel Beckett's classic 'Waiting For Godot'.
'The Dumb Waiter' was presented in the 50th Woking Festival on 30th September 2008.
It was recalled by G.O.D.A Adjudicator Rex Walford, along with Runnymede Drama Group's production of 'But Yesterday' by Jimmie Chinn, to perform on the closing night of the Festival.
This completed a hat trick of recalls at Woking for Lighted Fools. The three productions the Company has presented in this prestigious festival, 'Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell' (2005), 'A Number' (2006) and 'The Dumb Waiter' (2008) have all been asked back to perform again on the final night.
Rex Walford awarded Lighted Fools the Eileen Harper Memorial Award as Runners-Up. Both David Webb and Richard Parish were nominated for the Best Actor Award and Alex Lyon's sound track for the production, was nominated for The Graham Brockis Award for the best use of sound.
SPELTHORNE AND RUNNYMEDE FESTIVAL
SOUTHERN COUNTIES DRAMA FESTIVAL
NDFA 2009 BRITISH ALL-WINNERS FESTIVAL
David Webb and Richard Parish with The NDFA Council Trophy