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Double Trouble – Wednesday 3rd November 2021
Wednesday 3rd November 2021
A Camp Theatre Company Production
The Room – by Harold Pinter
Rose occupies a single bedsitting room in an East London rooming house with her taciturn husband Bert. While he is absent she receives several visitors. Who are the couple who arrive unannounced looking for the landlord? Why do they believe The Room is vacant? Is Mr Kidd the landlord or isn’t he? Who is the unknown man living in the basement? And what has happened in Rose’s past? When Bert returns there is a denouement that will change Rose’s life forever.
The Dock Brief – by John Mortimer
Herbert Fowle is in jail charged with a serious offence. It is the day of his trial and he has been allocated a barrister, Morgenhall, to defend him under a scheme known as The Dock Brief. What was the nature of Fowle’s crime? How can a defence be constructed? And does Morgenhall have the faintest idea what he is doing? This gentle comedy examines the nature of the relationship between a criminal and the law and is Mortimer’s first exploration of the subject before his creation of Rumpole of The Bailey.
This Double Bill of comedy and drama features the debut plays of two highly regarded British Playwrights. Although it is frequently written that The Birthday Party was Pinter’s professional writing debut (opening for just one week in the West End in 1958), The Room was first produced in May 1957 by the University of Bristol Drama Department. It was first performed professionally at The Hampstead Theatre Club in January 1960 as a Double Bill with Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. The Dock Brief was also performed for the first time, as a radio play, in May 1957. It was subsequently seen as a TV production in September 1957 (being described by the Manchester Guardian as “a masterpiece”) then on stage in 1958. In 1962 it was released as a film (entitled Trial and Error in the USA) starring Peter Sellers and Richard Attenborough.