Drawing: Indira Varma, John Simms and Simon Russell Beale in The Hothouse

The Hothouse

Harold Pinter’s macabre tragicomedy The Hothouse returned to London’s West End in a production directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Trafalgar Studios. An excellent cast, headlined by Simon Russell Beale and John Simm opened to rave reviews.

“It’s Christmas Day in a nameless state-run institution where the inmates are subjected to a tirade of mindless cruelty. A maniacal and self-obsessed leader breeds a contagion of hierarchical savagery amongst his staff, who thrive on a noxious diet of delusion and deceit.”

Written in the 1950’s, Pinter’s biting political commentary on the perils of unchecked power proves as pertinent and subversive today.

Simon, John and Indira Varma (Miss Cutts) signed my sketch at the stage door on a variety of nights, depending on their exits during June this year.

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Drawing: Kristin Scott Thomas, Lia Williams and Rufus Sewell in Old Times

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Ian Rickson’s classy revival of Pinter’s cryptic play Old Times had a limited (Jan-April) engagement at the Harold Pinter theatre in London earlier this year. Locked away in a secluded farmhouse, Kate, Deeley and Anna reminisce about early days together in London. But, with conflicting memories and underlying sexual tensions, the past suddenly feels vividly present.

Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams alternated the role of Kate and Anna with Rufus Sewell playing Deeley. All three were happy to sign my sketch after a Saturday evening performance. In fact, Rufus even picked my New Zealand accent, and didn’t call me ‘Australian’ as is often the case

Drawing: Rob Brydon, Nigel Harman and Ashley Jensen in a Chorus of Disapproval

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At the end of last year we went to see Rob Brydon in “A Chorus of Disapproval” at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Enjoyed the play and some of the cast – Rob Brydon, Nigel Harman, Ashley Jensen – signed my drawing.