Plays Directory : The Dumb Waiter

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Harold Pinter
  • Written
    1957
  • Setting
    Unspecified
  • Overview
    Two hit-men, Ben and Gus are waiting in a basement room for their assignment. Ben is the senior member of the team and is reading a newspaper when the action begins. Gus is the junior member and is tying his shoes as the play opens. Gus asks many questions of Ben as he gets ready for their job and tries to make tea, including questions about their job (Gus seems to be questioning the concept of being a hit-man). They argue over the semantics of "light the kettle" and "put the kettle on". Ben continues reading his paper most of the time, and reads excerpts of it to Gus sometimes, it seems, to change the topic of conversation. Ben gets increasingly more animated in his newspaper story-telling, and Gus's questions become more and more pointed, and at points nearly nonsensical. As the tension rises the physicality of the two players increases accordingly.

    In the back of the room is a dumbwaiter, which delivers occasional food orders. This is mysterious and both characters seem to be puzzled as to why these orders keep coming. At one point they send up some snack food that Gus had brought along. As these orders come in, the tension builds to the point where they even come to blows. Ben has to explain to the people above via the dumbwaiter's "speaking tube" that there is no food. This whole sequence is rather odd because the basement is clearly not outfitted for fulfillment of the orders. Some feel that this sequence is a cue for Ben that something odd is going to happen that night and the speaking tube is going to be the means of communication.

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2 known characters

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2 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Ashley Shiers
2019, Ben
The Alma Tavern & Theatre
Adam Elms
Adam Elms
Actor
2019, Gus
Alma Tavern Theatre
Douglas Dean
Douglas Dean
Actor
2019, Gus
Teatro Arciliuto
Helena Harvey
Helena Harvey
Technician
2018, Sound Designer
LIPA and Casa Bar Theatre
D.J O'Brien
D.J O'Brien
Actor
2018, Ben
Barn Theatre
Katie Hargreaves
2018, Gus
The Casa, Hope Street
Jonathan Wright
2018, Gus
Coventry University
Jake Pochin
Jake Pochin
Actor
2018, Ben
Anna Nguyen
Anna Nguyen
Set Designer
2017, Sound Operator
Ryan Moss
Ryan Moss
Actor
2017, Ben
Daniel Bowring
2017, Director
The Pavilion Theatre Selsey
John Stuart
John Stuart
Actor
2017, BEN
East Kilbride Arts Centre
Jonathan Howlett
2017, Gus
Rialto Theatre Brighton
Nathan Chatelier
2017, Ben (lead)
City Theatre Durham
George Christian
2017, Ben/Gus
Charlie Zarb
Charlie Zarb
Actor
2017, Gus
Helmsley Arts Centre
Claudia Jevons
Claudia Jevons
Prop Maker
2016, Prop Maker/Stage Manager
The Witham Hall
Gyan Hayre
Gyan Hayre
Actor
2016, Ben
Roborough Studios
Valentina Caballero
2016, Ben
Eleanor Kingsley
2016, Beth
Maltings Arts Theatre

Alternative Names

Dumb Waiter, The Dumb Waitor