The Dumb Waiter (2010)

Two hit-men, Ben and Gus, are waiting for instructions in a shabby basement somewhere in the city of Birmingham. The idle time brings apparently vacuous words and random dialogues that progressively unveil themselves as sharp concerns.  Gus wonders about everything, Ben feels a little uneasy. From outside the basement stangers mange to affect Ben and Gus in singular ways: an envelope slides under the door, a dumb waiter delivers food orders, a speaking tube whistles.  As the story moves forward the situation becomes odd, increasingly unnatural, until logic itself breaks in a revealing collapse. The Dumb Waiter is about the fundamental anxieties of human existence.

This theatre play by Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter was produced throughout a one-year workshop organised in collaboration with the International Student Network-Representation at Leiden University. The team was comprised of students from Greece, Ukraine, Ireland, Lithuania and Venezuela.

  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Number of acts: one, no intermissions
  • Cast: Natalia Kadenko/John Gilmartin as Ben, Stella Mantzourani/Siobhan Brett as Gus.
  • Directed by Carlos Roos
The Dumb Waiter featured in Mare, Leiden University’s newspaper