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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Connected mandy members:

Adam Elms
Adam Elms
Actor
2019, Gus
Alma Tavern Theatre
Douglas Dean
Douglas Dean
Actor
2019, Gus
Teatro Arciliuto
Katie Hargreaves
2018, Gus
The Casa, Hope Street
Jonathan Wright
2018, Gus
Coventry University
Jonathan Howlett
2017, Gus
Rialto Theatre Brighton
Charlie Zarb
Charlie Zarb
Actor
2017, Gus
Helmsley Arts Centre
Marc Bosch
Marc Bosch
Actor
2015, Gus
Studio Soho
Henry Regan
Henry Regan
Actor
2014, Gus
National Tour
Craig Burke
Craig Burke
Actor
2014, Gus
Paul Comrie
Paul Comrie
Actor
2014, Gus
New Town Theatre
Jack Lawrence
2014, Gus
Anselm Studio Canterbury
Caitriona Hyatt
2014, Gus
Teej Jackson
Teej Jackson
Actor
2013, Gus
John Dayton
John Dayton
Actor
2013, Gus
The Met Bury
Jim Pople
Jim Pople
Actor
2013, Gus
Springhill Orchard, Forest Row, Sussex
Jordan McInnes
2013, Gus
Matt Hester
Matt Hester
Actor
2012, Gus
Paul Findlay
Paul Findlay
Actor
2012, Gus
National tour
Rick Romero
Rick Romero
Actor
2012, Gus
James Wiles
James Wiles
Actor
2011, Gus

Alternative Names

Dumb Waiter, The Dumb Waitor