The Collection

2011-2012 National Theatre of Northern Greece
The Collection - Harold Pinter
Opening: Society for Macedonian Studies - new HYPEROON STAGE, 6/4/2012

The play is presented within the framework of the "Social Theatre Shop".

The Collection by Harold Pinter is a play that imposes itself upon the audience. Stage directions are clear-cut and the relationships between the characters are depicted with raw clarity. The play itself urges the audience to take part in its mystique and the secret looks between the actors, especially when they remain silent. Behind the words lay deeper meanings and through this unique journey the audience will have the chance to observe human relationships coming to life with the least interest in what is really true. The author of the play does not allow the audience to reach a safe conclusion; this goes beyond the author's intention. The force of power is heavily imprinted between the pairs of characters that take turns on stage and their sex is no longer important. No one takes the role of the victim and no one seems to show remorse. Each one offers his or her own answer to the unspoken question which remains hidden, even to the audience. For Pinter, the past and the future of each character are of no importance; what matters is the expression of his or her true and genuine present existence. The story of the characters unravels in a purely humoristic London-style atmosphere, while they all hold a common secret. They are all accomplices to what is implied.

Marina Hatziioannou
Translated by Marianna Kaplatzi

Playwright: Harold Pinter
Translation: Pavlos Matessis
Music supervision: Mihalis Sionas
Lighting: Tassos Dailidis
7 performances - 700 spectators
Society for Macedonian Studies - new HYPEROON STAGE (06/04/2012 - 28/04/2012)
The audience is encouraged to contribute by offering food products with extended shelf life to be delivered to social care institutions, instead of paying for the ticket price.
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