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"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

October 2008

Directed by: Anthony Norman
Design by: John Tytherleigh and Michael Clements
Lighting and Sound by: Alex Lyon
Cast: David Webb and Richard Parish

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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.

On the 15th October 2008 it was presented in the Spelthorne and Runnymede Festival.
It was awarded the Spelthorne Cup as Overall Best Play of Festival by G.O.D.A. Adjudicator, Mike Kaiser. Both David Webb and Richard Parish were nominated for the Best Actor award with Richard Parish taking the trophy. The production, featuring the atmospheric set created by John Tytherleigh and Michael Clements, was nominated for the stage presentation award.
On the two occasions Lighted Fools has entered the Spelthorne and Runnymede Festival, the Company has won and also taken the Best Actor Award.
As a result of this win, Lighted Fools Theatre Company, with this production, became eligible for invitation to take part in the N.D.F.A.'s 36th British All-Winners Festival at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking in July 2009.

On Saturday 28th February 2009, it was presented in the Southern Counties Drama Festival at the Barn Theatre, Oxted but failed to be awarded any trophies by G.O.D.A. Adjudicator Jill O'Hare

The production was invited to the 2009 British All-Winners Festival held in Woking and was presented on Sunday 19th July. It received an excellent adjudication from G.O.D.A Adjudicator Mike Kaiser and won the NDFA Council Trophy as Runner-Up

David Webb and Richard Parish with The NDFA Council Trophy

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