Gates and McEwen have a naturally well-contrasted dynamic that brings freshness to a play I wrote with actor/director/filmmaker John Rado. This version of the play has been updated in a minor way to take account of changing technology, but mostly remains true to the version we wrote all those years ago in 1987 - because we had developed a slightly obsessive fascination with Pinter's work. Indeed, the love-affair with Pinter lives on, and mention of the Adelaide production of Betrayal a few months ago, was perhaps the trigger for this revival of A Conversation with Harold Pinter.
Allegedly, Rado and I have produced our play on stage at New Theatre, but I must confess that my memory does not serve me well in this regard. Two radio versions have been aired: one in Sydney and one in Katoomba, with different actors, and though the play is certainly well-suited to radio, I believe that it is time to create a stage version for South Australian audiences - even perhaps with a view to touring the show in the future, or staging it for the Adelaide Fringe next year.
Sooner than that, A Conversation with Harold Pinter will be staged on Thursday, 26 November 2015, as part of Sealand Theatre's first season of performances, to be held at 7pm in the Soldiers Memorial Institute in Second Valley. It will be accompanied by a talk about Pinter's work and a supper.
Despite my familiarity with Pinter, very few people I speak with in the area where I live seem to know about him or his work. If they do know something, it is little more than about his marriage to Lady Antonia Fraser. (Some have unknowingly seen his screenplays in days gone by, such as that for the feature film of The French Lieutenant's Woman.) Hopefully, staging this one act homage with accompanying talk and Q&A will remedy that somewhat, and inspire the audience to read/see his work, such as The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming, Family Voices or his short revue sketches, such as Night, The Applicant, Request Stop, Black and White and so on.
Book now for A Conversation with Harold Pinter show - by phoning/texting Kathryn Pentecost 0457.863.272 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thursday 26 November at 7pm in Second Valley, Soldiers Memorial Institute - opposite Leonards Mill. Tickets $20 - group tables, BYO alcohol. Tea, coffee & sandwiches in the interval.