The Care­taker

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - THEATRE -

Royal and Dern­gate, Northamp­ton, Oct 17-28

A bold new ver­sion of Pin­ter’s mas­ter­piece forms part of their Made in Northamp­ton 2017 sea­son, di­rected by Christo­pher Hay­don in co-pro­duc­tion with Bris­tol Old Vic. The Care­taker ex­plores ev­ery­one’s search for a sense of belonging in a world where the line be­tween truth and re­al­ity is con­stantly in flux.

It sees As­ton welcome the home­less Davies into his di­lap­i­dated flat, shel­ter­ing him from the vi­o­lence of the streets. Recog­nis­ing an op­por­tu­nity, Davies at­tempts to leave his past be­hind and start again. Land­lord Mick con­fronts the guest and the three men be­gin to cir­cle one an­other sus­pi­ciously, each des­per­ate to turn the sit­u­a­tion to their ad­van­tage, what­ever the cost. Pa­trice Na­iambana, play­ing the iconic role of Davies, is joined by dy­namic young ac­tors David Judge and Jonathan Liv­ing­stone, in bringing this rad­i­cal re­vival of Pin­ter’s clas­sic to life for a new gen­er­a­tion.

The vul­ner­a­bil­ity and ag­gres­sion in the home­less Davies and the bitter wran­gling be­tween the brothers who of­fer him a kind of asy­lum rings out with star­tling clar­ity, res­onat­ing with present­day so­cial ten­sions be­tween those who feel they “be­long,” and those who do not.

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