‘Betrayal’ by Harold Pinter

THERE’S something about Harold Pinter that, in my eyes, sets him apart from his “absurdist” contemporaries … lots of talk that seems to go round in circles, no plot as such and rarely an ending to a piece … This was the case with the centenary production of the 1978 opus, Betrayal. It is a short piece, just over an hour long, but Director Gary O’Neil split it into two acts, which worked fine. In fact the second act was over before I knew it, which is a great compliment to any production …. It is a play that needs competent acting to make it succeed and in this case it generally did. … There was small audience when I saw the show, which was a pity because the production does deserve better.

Reviewed by Eric Scott
8 June 2008