First produced at the Royal Court
Theatre, London 12 September 1996
Devlin - Steven Rea
Rebecca - Lindsay Duncan
Directed by Harold Pinter
Designer - Eileen Diss
Lighting - Mick Hughes
Costume - Tom Rand
Sound - Tom Lishman
Ashes to Ashes takes us on a mysterious,
sinister and hypnotic journey. More and more emerges, without our
ever being able to latch on to something that would count as a journalistic
fact. Unusually, as you watch it, you get the sense of the characters
revealing themselves to us at exactly the same point as they revealed
themselves to the author.
Lindsay Duncan and Stephen
photo Ivan Kyncl
It's as if he were making it up as he went along
- and only Pinter could get away with it. Yet for all its atmosphere
of uncertainty, Ashes to Ashes is utterly sure of itself
- poised, deliberate, concentrated - giving off an intensely troubled
air of things going on, and things held back, too painful to speak
of. Like a painting or piece of music, it doesn't explain itself.
It simply exists: as masterly dialogue, superb acting and precisely
focused direction (by Pinter himself). It's only an hour in length,
so you have the rest of the evening to ponder what it is about.
You'll need it.
Independent on Sunday 22 September 1996
with kind permission Independent on Sunday