Could The Caretaker be performed with an all-female cast?
I'm considering proposing an all-female production of The Caretaker. The characters and situation are universal enough to translate, but there are a few references to women in the men's lives that I would have to overcome. What do you think of the idea?
Quite a novel idea, I must say. I do not think, it has been done before. This is quite a fashion these days--gender transposal.
1. The idea of the 'tramp' as a social outcast that Pinter has imbibed from Samuel Beckett is an extremely male image. The kind of life-style we associate with them is more in tune with male life than female. But then, it is high time all stereotypes were broken. On the other hand, women as the circulating signifiers can lend a different dimension to the tramp's mobility. The identity crisis of the tramp-like figures can also acquire a feminist angularity.
2. Gender is a very tricky thing in Pinter. If one looks at his women, they are always mysteriously powerful, an extreme example being Ruth in The Homecoming. That would go well with aston and even Mick perhaps. But it would be difficult in case of Davies. His vulnerability is the key of his character.
3. The language of the play, its diction and throw are all very very masculine and like Beckett, Pinter too, experiments a lot with feminine language and I think thus, that the play would have to be reshaped on the level of the performance-text.
I do not how Pinteresque that all female performance or if it would be to the liking of the dead playwright, but it would be a yes to innovation and that is what would also make it akin to Pinteresque performance, perhaps.