19:00, Tue 10th – Sat 14th June 2008 at Corpus Playroom
Easter Week 7
"But I remember you. I remember you dead. I remember you lying dead." "Old Times" exemplifies Pinter's sober skills in alienation, breakdown and silence. The intimate reunion of Kate and Anna after twenty years becomes a nightmarish revelation of all things past, in which then and now, love and power, and memory and fact become entangled and destructive. Anna engages in a vicious combat with Kate's husband Deeley for the control of Kate's mind. For them, the house becomes hell; for the audience, the theatre becomes threatening. Things fall apart until a terrible conclusion, which captures the tragic futility of their existence. After the horror created by old times, the characters can only enact Wittgenstein's maxim: "that of which we cannot speak, must be passed over in silence."