Pinter’s tale of love, losses and betrayal

Andy Wisher and Abi Watson in Harold Pinter's play, Betrayal, which is being performed at The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket ANL-160229-115511001
Andy Wisher and Abi Watson in Harold Pinter's play, Betrayal, which is being performed at The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket ANL-160229-115511001

Lowestoft based theatre company Foolhardy Actors first show of 2016 is Harold Pinter’s brilliant and enthralling Betrayal.

“On the surface Betrayal is about an affair but as with all Pinter there is so much more going on,” says Foolhardy co-founder and producer Sharn McDonald.

“The Winter’s Tale was a huge production for us, Betrayal is much smaller in scale but no less vast in the scope and range of its emotions.

“We want to produce work that challenges us and forces us to continually raise our game.”

She continues, “We’ve never been to the John Peel Centre before so we’re really excited to visit Stowmarket and bring Pinter with us.”

Director Will Isgrove said: “Betrayal is probably Pinter’s most accessible work, it’s a great introduction to his style and themes.

“If you’ve never seen a Pinter, or are a little uncertain what to expect, this is a great opportunity to discover and experience his genius.

“Betrayal is very layered and honest; it touches on emotions we’ve all felt. The dynamics between the characters are so well observed. “We’re very lucky to have such a talented cast to tackle this.

“It’s about how our loves and losses build up and warp over the years, and about how complex life can become.”

“It’s really insightful but also incredibly funny and engaging.”

The cast, all experienced local professionals agree.

“Everything just works,” says Jonny Goddard, here making his debut with Foolhardy.

“It’s a real challenge for an actor as there is always so much going on beneath the surface.

“Structurally it’s a challenge as the story is told in reverse order; we begin at the end of the affair and work our way back to the beginning.

“But knowing how it ends only enhances the experience.”