The sketches, which are directed by The Right Size’s Sean Foley, include a never before seen piece, as well as more familiar favourites Night (1969) and The New World Order (1991). And the production, according to Foley, received the blessing of the prolific playwright himself, who attended last night’s opening night (See First Night Photos, 2 Feb 2007).
However, Pinter's People certainly didn’t receive the blessing of the overnight critics, who said over-the-top acting – including “mugging and clowning” – and “incompetent” direction ruined the subtleties of Pinter’s writing, while many thought the sketches should have been presented in chronological order as opposed to what seemed a haphazard arrangement. They did, however, say some of the scenes showed promise and a sense of what the show could achieve if it was to “calm down” more.
- by Caroline Ansdell