Last year, I saw Betrayal at the Donmar, and I loved it. It was the second Pinter play I had seen (the first one being ‘The Caretaker’, which I wasn’t that keen on.) Since then I have seen ‘The Lover/Collection’ and today ‘A Slight Ache’.
I didn’t see them ’cause Pinter wrote them but because of the actors in the plays. But I’m struggling with him. I just don’t get it.
A Slight Ache is beautifully acted, it’s a short play, originally written for radio. And I was baffled. And it wasn’t just me, as I came out there were lots of people scratching their heads. Which is a shame. I see a lot of theatre but it’s difficult to convince some of my friends that it’s worth seeing if it isn’t a ‘show’ or doesn’t have Dr Who in it. So a hour long play, starting at 6pm, costing less than a tenner, might get people who aren’t sure about theatre. But not if it’s Pinter…….