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Dramatic society founded in Haverhill to put on its first production with a play based on a novel by Harold Pinter

A dramatic society launched in Haverhill in 2003 and revived this year by the son of its late founder is to stage a live online reading of a play based on the only novel by the legendary writer, Harold Pinter.

The Dwarfs, adapted from the playwright's book by Kelly Lee Crabbe, will be performed via Zoom at 7pm on September 25 by Run At It Shouting in aid of The NIA Project - a Hackney-based charity committed to delivering cutting edge service to end violence against women and children.

Run At It Shouting was started by Frances MacGechan 17 years ago (she died in 2007) and after a fallow period was this year re-launched by her actor son Charlie, who first took to the stage with Haverhill's Centre Stage Company in the early 1990s.

A live, online reading of The Dwarfs will be raising money for charity
A live, online reading of The Dwarfs will be raising money for charity

Charlie, who plays Mark in the play, which he also produced, said: "It's a lovely, wonderful thing.

"Run At It Shouting have been doing film and theatre workshops and industry Q&As (including one with director Mike Leigh) and its now doing its first production."

The Dwarfs follows three old school friends, Mark, Pete (played by Lewis Rainer) and Len (Ossian Perret) who knock about the streets, pubs and cafés of East London arguing the toss about art, life and love.

The fourth member of their tight-knit group is Virginia (Stacy Martin), a young teacher.

As autumn draws in, each of the friends finds their perception of one another and themselves irrevocably changed.

Harold Pinter, who died in 2008, was the author of 29 plays including The Birthday Party, The Caretaker, The Homecoming and Ashes to Ashes, and 20 screenplays including The Go-Between and The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

In 2003 Pinter was made a Companion of Honour for Services to Literature, and in 2005 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Kerry Lee Crabbe’s adaptation of The Dwarfs was originally developed at the National Theatre Studio and was screened on BBC Four in October 2002, receiving its stage première at the Tricycle Theatre in April 2003.

Tickets will be available via https://runatitshouting.co.uk/box-office and cost £15.

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