This Spring Converse Theatre will be touring its production of ‘Betrayal’, by award winning playwright Harold Pinter, to selected venues in the East and North of England.
And on Saturday March 15 at 7.30pm it will come to Louth’s Riverhead Theatre.
The production had its debut in the ‘Room Upstairs’ at Lincoln Drill Hall in November 2013 and sold out all six performances. Described as “captivating, tense and commanding”, the production was a critical success and the company is now excited to be taking the show to new audiences around the country.
In this new touring production, Converse Theatre, a professional company working with experienced amateur actors, revisits its 1995 production in a powerful and intimate performance where the cast will change roles from performance to performance.
Betrayal is the story of Robert, his wife Emma and his best friend Jerry and their intertwining relationships over the course of nine years.
Unusually the story is told in reverse, beginning at the end and ending at the beginning.
Often regarded as Pinter’s most accessible play it is an incredible piece of writing that perfectly captures the suffocating tensions of the complicated relationships of the play’s characters.
The show actually began its life in 1995 when Converse Theatre staged a successful production of the play, but at the time the cast were in their mid-20s and as the characters are in their early 40s the company has always harboured a desire to restage the play when the cast were roughly the correct ages.
Now eighteen years later, John Bowtell and the original cast are doing exactly that, but have brought in an additional actor, allowing all the cast (who are experienced amateur actors and are made up of two real life couples – an element which proved especially fascinating to Drill Hall audiences last November) to swap roles during the tour.
This means there are, in effect, four different versions of the play, depending on who plays Jerry, Robert and Emma each night.
John Bowtell, Converse Theatre’s Artistic Director said: “The company have lived and breathed these characters for the last few months and during the initial Lincoln run it was fascinating to see subtle nuances coming through each performance as the cast switched roles. The challenge of touring brings new spaces and new audiences into the mix and we very much believe that the production will offer some unique and exciting theatrical potential during its short tour and we urge people to come and see this astonishing play and to stay behind for a few minutes to talk to the cast and crew.”
Founded in 1995 and based at the Drill Hall in Lincoln UK, Converse Theatre is a professional company operating as a social enterprise, and make positive transformations in wellbeing through theatre processes.
The company works with organisations, individuals and communities, mainly in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.
Tickets for the Louth show cost £9 for Adults and £5 for under 18s and are available from the Box Office between 10amd and 1pm Monday to Saturday on 01507 600350 or at www.louthplaygoers.com .
Audience members are also invited to attend a Post Show Discussion with the cast and director after the performance.