Ben Miles projects a fire in his character's belly about the subject of betrayal that the other principals lack. Perhaps that is because Pinter is too forgiving of Jerry (his alter ego) and Emma (his married lover, Joan Bakewell's alter ego) to allow for us to fully see what shits they are. I mean, all the characters in this are wretched, selfish people, milking others for ego gratification. Scott Thomas portrays a convincing shark of a woman, who takes and takes until she's gorged herself, then cuts people off ruthlessly. Joan Bakewell should have sued. Overall, this is a very short clever play about unlikeable people seeking self gratification, and paying a price for it, and if that's what you want, just watch the coverage of the London riots, and the aftermath of recriminations, investigations and prosecutions for free on TV. - Steve
11 Aug 11
A very interesting play and interesting how it went backwards from the end of teh fair to when it first started. Good acting from all the cast and nice to see Kristin back on the boards but my favourite in this was Ben Miles. - Joe Spiteri
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