Originally published on 2nd February 2011 at

A ‘Pinteresque’ production is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, one ‘typically characterized by implications of threat and strong feeling produced through colloquial language, apparent triviality, and long pauses’.

As the ambience of Harold Pinter’s works can be distilled into such a brief passage, this says a lot about the influence of the man and his work on the world of theatre. He had a career spanning 50 years, working right up to his death in 2008. During his lifetime, he wrote 29 original stage plays, 27 screenplays and many more works for TV, radio and other literature.

In acknowledgement of Pinter’s influence, York Theatre Royal has commissioned five short plays from local writers. Each has been careful to capture the essence of Pinter’s work, yet also allow their own dramatic style to break through.

The plays will be performed alongside some of Pinter’s short works, including Victoria Station, based on the relationship between a minicab driver and controller, Night, a one-act study on marriage, and the fiercely political One for the Road.

Producing the shows is Old Bomb Theatre, a York-based company renowned for provocative, earthy drama. Their previous productions include Simon Stephen’s On The Shore of the Wide World and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, a hugely influential figure on the work of Harold Pinter.

You can follow all the latest developments on York Theatre Royal’s blog.

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