Caretaker, The

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SP/SD2010112720120428David Warner and Daniel Mays star in Harold Pinter's dark comedy.|The late author was considered before his death to be one of a handful of living British dramatists.|And this play is considered by many critics to be his finest.The style and comedy employed are reminiscent of post-war European drama, especially the plays of Samuel Beckett.|That said, this is a powerful and original play.|Aston (Tony Bell) rescues Davies (David Warner) an elderly, homeless man from a fight in a café and brings him home to recover.|The tramp tells of the hiding he would have had from one of the café staff if Aston hadn't intervened.|Aston also had trouble in the same café some time ago.|The men bond.|The old man's past is murky.|He lives under an assumed name and seems unsure of his real identity.|He talks of going to Sidcup to get his papers, to confirm the matter.|Aston offers Davies the job of caretaker of the dingy West London house, owned by Aston's brother Mick.|Davies is reluctant to accept the job, and the responsibility involved.|Even when Mick arrives and repeats the offer.|Perhaps Davies realises it is not just the building he might have to care-take.|This is confirmed at the plays darkly comedic climax, puts the situation the characters into perspective.|A tramp rescued from a fight is offered a job as caretaker, in Harold Pinter's play.|Davies... David Warner|Aston... Tony Bell|Mick... Daniel Mays|David Warner and Daniel Mays star in Harold Pinter's dark comedy. Two brothers shelter an elderly, homeless man after a fight in a café. But his problems are far from over.|Directed by Peter Kavanagh