Party Time and Mountain Language by Harold Pinter, The Almeida Theatre, 31 October 1991
See also Party Time, Channel 4 and Mountain Language, BBC TV

Designer - Mark Thompson
Lighting designer - Mick Hughes
Sound designer - Dominic Muldowney

Party Time

Terry - Peter Howitt
Gavin - Barry Foster
Waiter - Kevin Dignam
Dusty - Cordelia Roche
Melissa - Dorothy Tutin
Charlotte - Nicola Pagett
Liz - Tacye Nichols
Waitress - Rebecca Steele
Fred - Roger Lloyd Pack
Douglas - Gawn Grainger
Waitress - Amelia Blacker
Jimmy - Harry Burton Mountain


Young Woman - Nicola Pagett
Elderly Woman - Dorothy Tutin
Women - Cordelia Roche, Tacye Nichols, Rebecca Steele, Amelia Blacker
Sergeant - Barry Foster
Officer - Peter Howitt
Guard - Roger Lloyd Pack
Prisoner - Gawn Grainger
Hooded Man - Harry Burton
2nd Guard - Kevin Dignam

"What [Pinter implies] is that one of the preconditions of Fascism - a myopic and self-preoccupied wealthy elite, totally indifferent to the decisions taken in its name - is becoming dangerously apparent in Britain."

Michael Billington, The Life and Work of Harold Pinter, London: Faber and Faber, 1996, p.331

"With Party Time we all assumed it was set in England and that the club referred to was a particularly trendy place, with a gym and a swimming pool, in west London. Harold was also much more explicit both in terms of character detail and in how he wanted the play done. He gave everyone a background saying, 'You're probably someone in the city,' or, 'You're someone high up in the Civil Service.' He knew how he wanted everything to be, even down to line-readings."

Roger Lloyd Pack in Michael Billington, The Life and Work of Harold Pinter, London: Faber and Faber, 1996, p.333.

"The evening at the Almeida is filled with questions that are made more complicated by actors playing victims in one play, sadists in the next, questions that are powerfully and beautifully asked."

Katherine H. Burkman, 'Party Time and Mountain Language' in F. Gillen and S. Gale (eds.), The Pinter Review, 1991, p.74.

"Throughout the proceedings Pinter tugs at our sleeves as insistently as Dusty's brother, who stands against a blinding white light and talks about 'sucking the dark', Which is the only thing he has got."

John Gross, The Sunday Telegraph, 10 November 1991.

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