The Dumb Waiter is a quintessential early Pinter play from 1960, one that feels almost Beckettian if not absurdist. It is set in a room, a situation with bags of sinister mystery with just two players. I always think of what the French writer Jean Anouilh said about Waiting for Godot on seeing Beckett's play for the first time in Paris in 1953. "Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes. It's awful."
It starts so very well . . . . and gets better. Sarah Woodward as Hannah in charge of counter terrorism looking for two technies to form a task force to investigate leaks to The Sun and the Guardian newspapers from the Ministry of Defence, about British armed forces and secret arms deals with Saudi Arabia.
Mike Bartlett's latest play examines the fate of Andrew (Jack Farthing) an American whistleblower who has changed the world by revealing secret activities including torture and mass observation, spying on citizens and other countries.