Beckett & Pinter For An Evening

Moving from one Nobel Prize winning writer to another, the work of Samuel Beckett & Harold Pinter comprise Nasty Shadows Theatre Co.’s latest offering. In some sense, Beckett could be considered Pinter’s theatrical father which makes exploring and staging works by each a very exhilarating experience the Company is sure the audience will appreciate and enjoy.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions just under this posting
— discussion is welcome.

Play / The Dumb Waiter Fredericton: Oct 21st-23rd
Saint John: Nov 5th-6th


2 Plays/1 Evening

by Samuel Beckett

Performed by Rebekah Chassé, Becky Forbes & Scott Shannon

by Harold Pinter

Performed by Andrew Jones
& Matthew Spinney

Directed by Scott Shannon
Technical Direction by
Michael Holmes-Lauder
Poster Design by Alberto White


Nov 5th-6th (Fri-Sat) @8pm nightly
Saint John High School Mini-Theatre (Canterbury St. entrance)
Tickets available at the door.
$12/adult; $8/student

Oct 21st-23rd (Thurs-Sat) @8pm nightly
Memorial Hall – UNB Campus
Tickets available at the door.
$12/adult; $8/student

With thanks to TheatreUNB for their support.

Who says light the gas?

Read about the productions in the October 11th issue of The Daily Gleaner – Live It section:

Company offers theatre with
a slightly different flavour



by Samuel Beckett

Play is, at base, the story of a love triangle between one man and two women. But this drama is played out in a world created by Samuel Beckett which finds the lovers rather confined in terms of their ability to speak and interact with one another. Through a spotlight interrogation and mandatory refusal to hear each other, the lovers rapidly confess their innermost thoughts to an unsuspecting audience.

Samuel Beckett is a theatrical force, unparalleled and much imitated, but never matched — nothing else could ever be quite like a Beckett play. Born in 1906, Beckett spent time as an acedemic; working for and with James Joyce; and defined himself as a brilliant novelist as well. All this before finally pushing into theatre by bringing Waiting For Godot to the stage in 1953, after which he arguably had an unprecedented influence on drama, perhaps only dwarfed by Shakespeare.

Unofficial Samuel Becket web site.

The Dumb Waiter

by Harold Pinter

The Dumb Waiter, written by Harold Pinter, finds two hit-men awaiting further instructions for the “job”. The two men are holed up in the basement of an unknown building for an indeterminate amount of time. What transpires is a whirlwind of emotion and uncertainty as the two men grapple with the weight of their job, the nature of their relationship, and whether or not to hoard all the tea for themselves. Pinter’s dense yet terse dialogue drives the men into a frenzy that leads to an (un)expected conclusion.

Harold Pinter is a world famous playwright and began making theatre in the 1950s. He had also certainly made his mark in the world of film and acting during his lifetime. Pinter was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005 and the Swedish Academy cited him for being “generally regarded as the foremost representative of British drama in the second half of the 20th century.”

Official Harold Pinter web site.

Gus listens to the instructions.

View more photos and production information from our 2008 staging of The Dumb Waiter.

Ben gives the instructions.

Photos by Michael Holmes-Lauder.

And if you are interested, feel free to take a look at some Rehearsal Notes — discussion is welcome.

Please also visit our About the company page.

Also, head on over to our Facebook event page and let us know you’re coming!

Comments/questions/information contact Scott Shannon
email –
phone – 476-6049

Or, please feel free to leave a comment here on the site.

Posted on September 30, 2010, in Production News, Theatre Stuff, Theatrical Stuff and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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