CELEBRATION by Harold Pinter
September 7-8, 2018
Studio 3:11, LX Factory, Lisboa
Cast & Crew
Lambert Daniel Cotterall
Matt Dave Earl
Prue Pat Butler
Julie Cátia Delgado
Russell Miguel Pereira
Suki Margarida Figueiredo
Ricardo Jorge Soares
Sonia Jojo Hui
Waiter Fouad Nouar
Video & Photo Sara Romero, Rui Pedro
Production assistant Aleksa Khodorovska
CELEBRATION (2000) is set in a swanky London restaurant, catering to the well-heeled, at the turn of the millennium.
At one table sit sisters Julie and Prue and their husbands, brothers Lambert and Matt; they are celebrating Lambert and Julie’s wedding anniversary. These people are obviously wealthy, but we don’t know how they acquired their wealth. Lambert and Matt, vaguely thuggish characters with East London accents, claim to be strategy consultants. At another table are the insecure and emasculated banker Russell and his wife Suki, an unapologetic chancer, if ever there was one.
Power and sex are key themes in Pinter. These diners are shallow non-persons, moneyed but unscrupulous. They patronize a restaurant whose purpose is to indulge their vainglorious needs… an all-purpose brothel for the morally vacuous. Their hollowness shows in the almost total lack of warmth between the diners. If there is one thing that the clientele of this restaurant share, it’s disdain… expressed in venomous sharp-tongued barbs.
Cutting through this poisonous swathe are Ricardo, the elegant owner of the restaurant, bright and brittle Sonia, and an introspective, troubled waiter, who occasionally interrupts the action to launch into fantastic and at times absurd reminiscences about his grandfather.
Coarse, funny and brutal, Celebration is an acid bath that luxuriously flays the skin off its characters.