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The Caretaker

The Caretaker

A stranger is brought home by Aston. The balance of power shifts between them and Aston’s brother, Mick, as the stranger slowly attempts to take over the house. The characters are fighting for survival and searching for some sense of identity in a world that is constantly changing and unreliable.

The Caretaker, an adaptation of Harold Pinter’s celebrated play, deals with the distance between reality and fantasy, family relationships, and most importantly the struggle for power.

The play is also about the absence of meaningful communication and how each of us is trapped in our own delusions – isolated and alone. None of the characters can be trusted to speak the truth or are able to connect to each other in any meaningful way. All are, to some extent, deceptive, as they twist reality in order to manipulate one another and take control.

The Caretaker is serious and funny, but underneath the action is an undercurrent of fear. The play shows how family is able to band together against an intrusion – even as they still seem worlds apart.

 

It’s the first time at a Pinter play I’ve seen children laughing!
The script managed to make the play serious and funny at the same time.
Very talented actors with strong presence, very powerful – audience members

The Caretaker received support from Ford Foundation and from Sida, as part of the PPAN program.

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