The Night Porters
13 September - 1 October 2011
by Michael Moreland
‘moments of sinister and uncanny goings on at the hotel reveal a fine talent for dramatic timing in Moreland’s writing… With a penchant for bizarre mispronunciations and inventor of a Cluedo themed Ouija board, Don is certainly the butt of all the jokes. Simon Ryerson plays this slightly unhinged supernatural fanatic with a compelling physicality and a droll seriousness that allows for a clever duplicity of harmlessness and creepiness to come into play. James Carcaterra as the logical and level-headed Terry performs with a naturalism close to perfection.’
– Extra, Extra
In an old, crumbling, possibly haunted hotel, a new night porter is being trained. Terry only took the job for a bit of cash, easy money. He thought he would be handing out towels, doing security walks and maybe emptying the odd bin. He didn’t expect to have to deal with Don.
Don is a believer, an investigator of the paranormal, a man who stands on the cusp of hidden dimensions, a conduit of forces we cannot explain, a big fan of Scotch eggs and the progressive rock band Rush.
As the hotel creaks and the lights start to go out Terry begins to wonder if his first night will be his last. The Night Porters is an hilarious and haunting look at how your mind can play tricks on you… and so can other people.
This new black comedy is directed by Robert Stuart who has been nominated at the forthcoming Off West End Awards for his direction of the TimeOut Critics Choice Extremities, also at The Tabard Theatre, in April 2011.
Reviews for Robert Stuart’s direction of Extremities at The Tabard Theatre this spring
‘direction provides great pacing and staging… it’s riveting, unmissable drama.’
– London Theatre Guide
‘his real gift lies in keeping the audience engaged’
– British Theatre Guide