Harold Pinter

Betrayal

Directed by Goran Šušljik

Translated by: Vesna Radovanović, Set design: Gorčin Stojanović, Costume design: Lana Cvijanović, Choice of music and arrangements: Irina Dečermić, Sound design: Dobrivoje Milijanović, Light design: Svetislav Calić,

A deceptively traditional story involving a love triangle that takes us on a journey through marriage, infidelity, duplicity, deception and betrayal. Harold Pinter created a world where love is simultaneously glorified and reviled.

Director Goran Šušljik about the play: Betrayal has an interesting dramaturgical structure. And I could see how it could be staged. The structure was solid and yet open enough, which I found very exciting, so to speak. You could tell it was written by a man of theatre. In a funny way it draws you into its apparently banal plot but there is so much more to it than that. It’s not a story about adultery or a love triangle, but rather anything that a betrayal can entail. What have these people betrayed? And is life itself a great betrayal of the lives we’ve dreamt up for ourselves or a betrayal of the people around us, the ones we can’t do without? There is a whole range of betrayals and yet, at the end of the day, they don’t make you feel bitter but rather prepared to recognise what human beings really are. Man is a creator and a powerless participant all at the same time. So you don’t need much demystification or even mystification for that matter in order to address things in the right way. You just have to be intuitive, as Pinter puts it, but pedantic too.

The play was written in 1978 and was first performed that same year at the National Theatre in London, directed by Peter Hall, who directed it again in 2003 at the same theatre as well as in 1980 at the Trafalgar Theatre in New York.  After a number of productions around the word it opened again this November, at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway with Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz in the main roles, directed by Mike Nichols.

This production is directed by Goran Šušljik as part of final exam for his MA studies supervised by Slobodan Unkovski.

Nocturne No. 8 by Frederic Chopin played on guitar by Branko Trijić, and on piano by Irina Dečermić.

Premiere: 15/12/2013

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