(Image: Radio Times, Jan. 18, 1981)
Speaking of celebrated writers I personally don’t get, here’s an audio clip from the Harold Pinter radio play, Family Voices (1981), that reunited Michael Kitchen and Peggy Ashcroft less than a year after their wonderful collaboration in Caught on a Train. MK’s character describes in letters to his mother his bizarre experiences living in a rooming house, including having tea with a girl who juggles a stray bread bun between her toes while her feet are in his lap. 😕
Last week in a staged reading at Trafalgar Studios, Joanna Lumley and Andrew Scott took on the roles originated by MK and Peggy Ashcroft. Dan Woolery Photography captured them during the dress rehearsal:
In an article in the Evening Standard regarding the event, JL talks of her passion for Pinter, declaring that she saw No Man’s Land 14 times. I’m guessing her passion at the time for a particular actor in the play might also have had something to do with her repeat viewings.