Step into the captivating world of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter


THE Dumb Waiter, at the Baxter Masambe Theatre from 18 – 28 June 2024, offers a rare glimpse into the early genius of one of the 20th century’s foremost playwrights. Often called “the greatest one-act” of our time, this award-winning play promises to immerse the audience into a suffocating atmosphere of suspense and tension.

The Dumb Waiter explores the dynamic of two experienced hitmen, waiting in what is thought to be an abandoned basement for their next assignment. Ben, the senior member in this operation, waits patiently for orders to arrive from their boss. Having always completed his assignments exactly the same as the last, Ben has never felt the need to deviate from what is expected of him. Gus on the other hand, struggles to contain his sense of unease in this dimly lit room, and can’t help but question the powers that have placed them where they are today. A repetitive sequence of waiting ensues, until the unexpected happens, and questions become more pointed and at times, nearly nonsensical.

At the heart of this production is a stellar cast and crew dedicated to bringing Pinter’s early masterpiece to life. Brent Palmer, the award-winning actor, writer and producer, takes on the role of Ben with complexity and nuance. Opposite Palmer, Jock Kleynhans takes in the role of Gus. Guiding them is Aidan Scott (pictured above with Palmer and Kleynhans), making his directorial debut. Scott, known for his dynamic performances, recently played Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus and has a rich history as a seasoned theatre actor.

Tickets are available online through Webtickets, and R150 standard ticket, R120 for students and pensioners.

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