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Betrayal

When:

Fri 20 Jun 2008–Sat 19 Jul 2008, 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Concession: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Elephant Publicity

Love and deceit . . . told in reverse.

Silo Theatre presents the Delmaine Fine Foods season of Betrayal: Harold Pinter's Masterpiece.

Returning to their new home at the Herald Theatre on June 20 following their sellout season of RABBIT, Silo Theatre presents the work of one of the world’s most renowned writers, Harold Pinter, with his 1978 play Betrayal.

Silo Theatre is widely recognised for its hugely popular re-workings of modern classics such as Under Milkwood, The Women and The Real Thing, and have selected Pinter’s taut celebration of passion as fertile ground ready to be mined by actors Colin Moy (In My Father’s Den), Michelle Langstone (McLeod’s Daughters) and Oliver Driver – who returns to the stage for his first dramatic role since 2005’s Bash. This production also continues Silo Theatre’s symbiotic relationship with London’s Donmar Warehouse, who revived the play to universal acclaim last year.

This trio of Auckland’s finest adopt roles that have been interpreted by actors such as Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Raul Julia, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge, Blythe Danner and Liev Schreiber.

The high price of passion is examined when an illicit affair destroys a marriage and sabotages a friendship. Robert and Jerry were best friends. Robert and Emma were married. Jerry and Emma were lovers. Welcome to the tangled emotional world of Betrayal.

Unconventionally, the play is performed in reverse chronology – starting at the poignant end of the affair and tracking back to its illicit first kiss; a storytelling technique used famously in the Christopher Nolan movie Memento, starring Guy Pearce. This thrilling technique stops the audience from concentrating on cause and effect and making the associated moral judgements that a seven-year affair would trigger. Instead, the device throws up a magnificent puzzle for the audience to solve, with each character eliciting our disdain and admiration in different measures at different stages.

Harold Pinter has been heralded as one of the great writers of the past century with a large canon of which written for stage and screen. The Homecoming, Old Times and The Birthday Party are widely regarded as theatrical touchstones, and Pinter himself has been greeted with every major award for stage and screen, including the Tony Award, Laurence Olivier Special Award, BAFTA Award and the David Cohen Prize.

In 2005, Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the highest honour available to any writer in the world. In announcing the award, Horace Engdahl, Chairman of the Swedish Academy, said that Pinter was an artist ‘who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday language and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms.’

Pinter’s Betrayal was provoked by the affair the writer had between 1962 and 1969 with British television presenter Joan Bakewell, while she was married to BBC producer Michael Bakewell, who was also one of Pinter’s best friends.

Directed by Caroline Bell-Booth
Designed by Rachael Walker, Zambesi and Jane Hakaraia
Featuring Oliver Driver, Michelle Langstone and Colin Moy

Shows Monday and Tuesday at 7.00pm; Wednesday through Saturday at 8.00pm.

For more information contact publicist Michelle Lafferty, elephantpublicity@paradise.net.nz (09) 368 4180.

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