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A Slight Ache & The Lover

Last night, I saw a performance of these two plays written by Harold Pinter at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. A Slight Ache (1958) and The Lover (1962).

Creditable performances with great scene changing (every night presumably – phew!)

A Slight Ache was ‘a wasp and a bullock’ alienation and nemonymity for a Golden Pond couple, and someone lurking eerily behind their garden gate in a Robert Aickman like fashion.  Memorable scenes. Great acting.  Left an Ivy Compton-Burnett flavour.  Match girl resonances.

The Lover may have been original in 1962 about role-playing between a young husband and wife.  But others have done it since. Raunchy in places with a James Bond Dr No feel of the 1962 I recall.  Bullock alienation again.  No sign of a wasp. Both plays could have done without the music.  Loved Gus Gallagher’s FAWLTY Towers antics from time to time. He is a great actor. Gina Isaac, too. 

Themes seem to percolate. Alfred J Prufrock?  Themes in retrospect a bit simplistic. A great evening.

[Incredibly, there was a young couple in front of me in the audience doing their own versions of ‘The Lover’ role playing. They didn’t sit together during the first play after their own brief  role-play before the first play started. Then they sat together after the interval during the second play after a different personal role play together.  Enhanced my evening’s interest.]

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