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The Caretaker

In what the critics described as a brilliant production of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in February 1970, Jeff’s portrayal of the simple benefactor Aston was a beautifully sensitive and restrained performance.

The play is often compared to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and relies heavily on the effectiveness of language as a means to communicate. It tells the story of two brothers Aston and Mick who live a strained existence under the same roof. The situation is worsened when Aston invites a tramp, Davies to share their home. Davies ultimately assumes the role of caretaker but his selfish and inconsiderate behaviour towards Aston results in him being asked to leave. Davies’ attempts to gain favour with Mick prove fruitless and his position seems doomed.