THE CARETAKER BY HAROLD PINTER

DIRECTOR: GORDON VALLINS

PLAYING DATES: 26th February – 7th March 2020

READING DATE: Thursday, 18th July, 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

FIRST AUDITION DATE: Sunday, 21st July, 2019 at 2.30 p.m.

SECOND AUDITION DATE: Thursday, 1st August, 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

Pinter’s play is extraordinary. It has three vivid characters and a unique voice. The language is immediate, alive, taut, sharp, vibrant, and, like the action, full of surprises.  Each character is dramatically individual. It’s all set in an attic at the top of an empty four storey house, full of, assorted junk, accumulated detritus, and a statuette of Buddha. There’s a bucket hanging from the ceiling dripped into by a leaking roof. It is winter, three men interact over status and territory. One is resident; the second, his brother, is responsible and visits unexpectedly; the third, a guest, is invited to be the caretaker.  The play is mischievous and scary, cruel and brutally funny. Each of the three roles is one to die for. On reading it comes as no surprise The Caretaker is Pinter’s most performed play, a twentieth century classic.

There will be an open reading of the play on 18th July.  All welcome.

There are two audition date options since we are in the holiday season.

For the part you would like to be considered for please prepare a reading of six lines of one of the monologues. 

 

The characters: (ages are a guide, but Davies is definitely “old”)

Aston, (40’s):  the resident, dresses carefully, later reveals he wears long winter warmers, is brain damaged, when younger was subject to electric shock treatment, not alert enough to be able to work, imagine he lives on benefits, has some difficulty in communicating, feels isolated, vulnerable, is consistently pleasant, well mannered, occupies himself with repairing an electric toaster, knows where things are: shoes, bedding, house keys. Genuinely tries to help “the caretaker”, but due to demands by Davies and his attempts to manipulate him Aston finally loses interest. He has a dream of building a shed in the overgrown garden.

Davies (old, possibly Welsh accent?): the guest, “the caretaker”, a derelict, filthy, smelly wanderer, homeless, untrustworthy, pernickety, wears long winter warmers, has strong racial views, very alone. Ashton picks him up from a greasy spoon brawl, and offers him a place to stay. Davies hardly stops talking, invents his own history, defines himself according to suspicion, fear, cowardice, side steps details, full of non-sequiturs, childish, avoids the truth, (rightly) scared of Mick, tries to manipulate both Aston and Mick to his own advantage. He has a dream (when the weather breaks) to go to Sidcup to collect personal papers regarding who he is.

Mick, (30s): Aston’s brother, we understand owns the house, no evidence of Mick living there, secretive, he’s a sort of spiv, physically able, unsure what he does for a living, possibly underworld, able to move quickly and silently, wears black leather jacket, attacks Davies believing him to be an intruder, enjoys being superior to Davies takes pleasure in terrifying Davies, pursues him in the dark with a vacuum cleaner. To distance himself from responsibility, Mick wants Davies to also care for Aston.  Mick has a dream of making the neglected house a desirable property.

Rich characters; more detail to be discovered in rehearsal.

If you are interested in the play, but cannot make the reading or audition dates, or for further information, please contact either the director, Gordon Vallins on gvallins@icloud.com or  Sue Moore at suemoore@lofttheatrecompany.com

 

 

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