The Radio TImes listing
First performed on the BBC Third
Programme 1 March 1960 and was televised by ABC Armchair
Theatre on 24 April 1960
see Acting for TV
Albert Stokes - Barry Foster
Mrs Stokes - Mary O'Farrell
Seeley - Harold Pinter
Kedge - John Rye
Barman - Walter Hall
Old Man - Norman Wynne
Mr King - David Bird
Mr Ryan - Norman Wynne
Gidney - Nicholas Selby
Joyce - Jane Jordan Rogers
Eileen - Margaret Hotine
Horne - Hugh Dickson
Barrow - David Spenser
The Girl - Vivien Merchant
Produced by Donald McWhinnie
When you say a playwright has a good ear for the banalities of ordinary
speech you donÝt after allÝ say very much. But if you can go further
and say that the reason he has the good ear is because he comprehends
the sources of the banality, then you praise him highly.
The contours of talk in Harold PinterÝs A Night Out (Third)
were beautifully reproduced because the hand of the playwright was
at he same time feeling out the motives at a very deep level indeed.
It was not only the sound of the office bully at the party,
the cannibal mum on the domestic hearth, the genteel whore in the
street at night ˝ it was not only the sound that Mr. Pinter provided,
it was the reason for the sound: not explicit reason, not reason
that shoved into the mouths of characters or dumped down in the
path of action so that everyone has to climb over it before things
can proceed, nut reason that is implicit in the spring and flow
of a play itself.
So that at the end you knew ˝ though you had not been told ˝ that
for the people in this play, as for people outside it, the Inferiority
Feeling is a very powerful dynamic indeed. In a splendid cast, Mr.
Barry Foster as Albert, who is well nigh suffocated by his monologuing
mother, was brilliant: his neurotic hesitancies owed nothing to
theatricality, he had discovered them for himself. But it is Mr.
PinterÝs ear that we must chiefly celebrate: it is a splendid ear,
and he keeps it to the ground.
The Sunday Times, 1960