One for the Road is a powerful study of the horror of individual lives at the mercy of a dictatorship. It recounts the interrogation of Victor, his wife and their seven year old son, at the hands of a brutal government. Pinter was inspired to write the play in 1984 after meeting two young Turkish women who enraged him with their casual indifference to the use of torture in their country. This provocative short play set the tone for his later overtly political work. Pinter performed the role of Nicolas in 2001 at The Gate, Dublin and on Broadway.
New Notting Hill venue The Print Room joins forces with the Young Vic to stage a compelling double bill of Pinter’s One for the Road and his macabre black comedy Victoria Station. This is the first time the two plays have been staged as a double bill since their premiere in 1984 at the Lyric Hammersmith.
In Victoria Station a minicab controller is in a rage with one of his drivers. He is outraged that his orders are ignored – but the driver is distracted by something mysterious and worrying. In this unsettling comic vignette Pinter reveals the frustration and anger in a struggle for power between a dispatcher and his disobedient driver.
The cast includes Keith Dunphy (Victor) who most recently appeared in The Beggar’s Opera (Regents Park Theatre). Other credits include Histories Company, Henry V, Richard II, Romeo and Juliet (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry IV (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and for film Children Of Men, The Wind That Shakes The Barley and Inside I’m Dancing.
Anna Hewson (Gila) Past credits include The President’s Holiday (Hampstead Theatre), The Canterbury Tales and Two Noble Kinsmen(RSC), Play and Not I (BAC) and Map of the Heart (Salisbury Playhouse).
Director Jeff James’ credits include Swan Song (The Print Room), The House of Bernarda Alba (Jackson’s Lane Theatre) and one of the 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic last year. He has worked as assistant director with the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Trafalgar Studios. He recently assisted on The Print Room’s acclaimed production ofFabrication.
One for the Road runs at The Print Room from 13 September – 1 October and at the Young Vic from 6 – 15 October.
One for the Road is directed by Jeff James, designed by Alex Lowde, with light by Mischa Twitchin and sound by David McSeveney.