The Caretaker

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The Caretaker

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 21 February - 23 February 2019
Category Live Event

Riverside Theatre presents
Throwing Shade Theatre Company in association with theatron

The Caretaker

By Harold Pinter
Co-directed by Alex Bryant-Smith & Nicholas Papademetriou

For the first time ever Riverside presents a play by the master of absurdist theatre, Harold Pinter, live on stage.

Aston lives in a junk filled room in personal and emotional isolation, tinkering with gadgets and dreaming of building a shed out in the yard. His brother, Mick, inhabits his own world of aspirations but is held back by having to care for his vulnerable brother. It is winter. Into this derelict household Aston gives shelter to Davies – a tramp he has rescued off the street – who has his own dreams and delusions. A battle of wits begins in the brutal world into which all three are thrown, as each tries to manipulate the situation to achieve their respective ends. As the play unfolds, so does the mystery of how the lives of these three men will forever be changed.

The Caretaker was Harold Pinter’s breakout play, and is regarded as one of the most brilliant contemporary classics of our time. Almost 60 years after its premiere, it remains a powerful play as it deals with identity, power and family ties.

Please note this production contains coarse language

Dates & Times
Thursday 21 February at 7:45pm
Friday 22 February at 7:45pm
Saturday 23 February at 2:15pm and 7:45pm


Alex Bryant-Smith Alex is a trained and experienced actor, based in Sydney. He has played a huge range of roles, working professionally across stage, TV, film, voiceover work and presenting. He brings truth to every character he portrays, and the technical skills required to bring them to life. Alex’s recent performance as Pricey in the intense and confronting short film ‘Bad Jesus’ has won accolades at several US film festivals. The Future, a darkly comic short film written and directed by Venetia Taylor has also played at more than 100 festivals internationally and won several awards for Best Film and Best Comedy. From the Inner West of Sydney, Alex performed and toured internationally with the State Drama Company and Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP). He trained at Actors Centre Australia, graduating in 2007 and has since worked across theatre, film and television.

Nicholas Papademetriou Nicholas Papademetriou was born in Sydney to Cypriot parents who immigrated in 1948. He has always wanted to act. He studied at one of Sydney’s best schools, Canterbury Boys High School and graduated from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 1984, although he had his first professional theatre acting job in 1973. Since WAAPA he has worked extensively in film, television and theatre as an actor, director and producer. His theatre work includes work with all the major companies in Australia including Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company. He has also performed on stages in New York, Edinburgh, London and Cyprus. He was one of only 6 Australian actors chosen to work with legendary film director Mike Leigh on a new theatre project called Greek Tragedy which played in Sydney, London and Edinburgh. His one man show SNAG did sell out seasons in Sydney, New York and Edinburgh and was nominated in NYC and Edinburgh for Best Solo Performance. In film he is best known for his roles in Death in Brunswick, Past Midnight, Sparks (AFI winner), The Veiled and for his short film Swinger which has been selected for a number of film festivals around the world including place winner at Chicago Greek Film Festival and Open Fields Film Festival. In television he has appeared in many programs including guest roles in most Australian long running programs, the lead in the 8 part ABC series Stringer, a regular in the main acting ensemble of Grass Roots (both seasons), and principle roles in Cyclone Tracy and Stark. Most recently his theatre work includes George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and the lead role in The Caretaker; and for film he plays Severo in Dead Not Dying, a short film for which he won Best Supporting Actor at Melbourne City Independent Film Awards (Feb 2018).

Yalin Ozucelik Yalin is a graduate of NIDA and has worked extensively in the theatre since then. Recently he worked for the Sydney Theatre Company in the 2017 national tour of 1984 (Headlong, State Theatre Company of South Australia). Selected theatre credits include: Othello, Henry 4, King Lear (Bell Shakespeare); Cyrano de Bergerac, Vere[Faith], Gross Und Klein, Blood Wedding, (Sydney Theatre Company); The Great Fire, Ivanov, The Kiss, Baghdad Wedding (Belvoir); Cyrano de Bergerac (Sport for Jove), receiving a Sydney Theatre Award for playing the titular role; When the Rain Stops Falling (Brink Productions); and the Helpmann Award-winning Reflections on Gallipoli with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Yalin recently featured in two television series, Gallipoli and Deadline Gallipoli. He helped voice the computer game Rome: Total War and is also the central character in award-winning independent comic Burger Force. Most recently he played Norman in the trilogy The Norman Conquests for the Ensemble Theatre.

Co-Directors Alex Bryant-Smith and Nicholas Papademetriou

Associate Producer Andrew Langcake

Set and Costume Designer Stephanie Howe

Lighting Designer Sophie Pekbilmli

Sound Designer Glenn Braithwaite

Assistant Stage Manager Maddison Huber

Dialect Coach Amanda Stephens Lee

The Caretaker by Harold Pinter

Dark, powerful and at times funny, The Caretaker challenges our ideals of brotherly love, identity and power. Gripping, accessible and wickedly funny. Totally unmissable theatre.

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