A response to Drop of a Hat production of Harold Pinter’s Dumb Waiter.

Published: 06 June, 2017

I felt drawn to respond to this production: an intense, predictable and absurd play done proud by this company in its infancy.

The scene of two murderers waiting, waiting for details of their next hit to arrive via the dumb waiter just gave me layers to work with as inspiration in the painting.

The canvas needed to be small to reflect the intensity of the interaction between the two murderers: containing anger, expectation, the thrill.

I used the images of two roses in different stages of blooming, and incorporated an abstracted figure of innocence; pale in comparison to the rest of the piece. The final moments of the play are reflected by the figure with head bowed.