The Homecoming

Young Vic – 2023

In Harold Pinter’s play set in a working-class house in East London in the 1960s, a family of butchers and boxers’ life is disrupted when son Teddy returns home from America, with Ruth, his wife his family have never met. The men of the house try to assert their authority over her, but Ruth has her own agenda, and a strange power struggle ensues.

The artwork shows Ruth’s arrival in the house (its her ‘homecoming’ in many ways), where she comes face to face with the intimidating patriarch, Max, and his provoking son Lenny.

The graphic style is inspired by the Blue Note jazz album covers, and by movie posters of the 1960s, with a strident shade of orange to hint at the danger Ruth finds herself in.

Photography by Dean Chalkley