The ominous presence of the dumbwaiter looms at the back of the stage whilst Gus and Ben, two hit men, await “the call” for their next job. Paradise In The Vault, with its bare stone walls and exposed lighting, is the perfect venue for this intimate piece. To achieve success in a production of this Pinter classic, the actors must deliver highly controlled performances, and Michael Bell and Michael Miles do not disappoint. This is a play about waiting – waiting to kill – and it is attention to the smallest moments and details that grants this production its sustained dramatic tension. Who knew that watching someone tie his laces again and again could be so interesting? Get your order in now.
Paradise In The Vault, 16 – 29 Aug (not 22), 2.40pm (3.40pm), £7.00 – £9.50, fpp258.
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