Being Harold Pinter
Being Harold Pinter

Being Harold Pinter

Being Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter

Play script


Being Harold Pinter is a compilation of extracts of various texts by Harold Pinter (see 'linked works', below), and an interview with him (see 'Resources'), and ends with extracts from letters written by Belarussian political prisoners. The production was originally produced by The Belarus Free Theatre for covert performances in domestic apartments and other venues in Minsk, Belarus.

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Adapted Work Note: The order of the script is - Extract from interview ''They said you've a call from the Nobel committee' (see 'Resources'), from 'I went to get my plane on Monday and it was raining' to and including 'I'll be interested myself to find out how I'm going to articulate the whole thing' // - 'Art, Truth and Politics', from 'In 1958 I wrote the following' to and including 'In the play that became The Homecoming I saw a man enter a stark room and ask his question of a younger man sitting on an ugly sofa reading a racing paper' // - The Homecoming, from 'What have you done with the scissors?' to and including 'Don’t clout me with that stick, Dad' // - 'Art, Truth and Politics', from 'So since B calls A 'Dad' it seemed to me reasonable to assume that they were father and son' to and including 'A large window. Evening sky. A man, A (later to become Deeley), and a woman, B (later to become Kate), sitting with drinks' // - Old Times from 'Fat or thin?' to an including 'Anyway, none of this matters' // - 'Art, Truth and Politics', 'But I then see, standing at the window, a woman, C (later to become Anna), in another condition of light, her back to them, her hair dark' // - Old Times from 'Queuing all night, the rain, do you remember? ' to an including 'You can hear the sea sometimes if you listen very carefully' // - 'Art, Truth and Politics', from 'Ashes to Ashes, on the other hand, seems to me to be taking place under water' to and including 'But as they died, she must die too' // - Ashes to Ashes, from 'Well. . . for example ... he would stand over me and clench his fist' to the end, with some excisions // - 'Art, Truth and Politics', from 'It's a strange moment, the moment of creating characters who up to that moment have had no existence' to and including 'but nevertheless give them the freedom to go which way they will' // - The New World Order - complete // - One for the Road - complete // - 'Art, Truth and Politics', from 'Political language, as used by politicians' to and including 'The Play lasts only 20 minutes, but it could go on for hour after hour, on and on and on, the same pattern repeated over and over again, on and on…' // - Mountain Language, scenes one and two // - Extracts from letters from Belarussion political prisoners // - Mountain Language, scene three with 'The Disappeared' intercut // - Mountain Language, scene four // - 'Art, Truth and Politics', from 'When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate' to and including '…the dignity of man'.

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Art, Truth and Politics

The Homecoming

Old Times

Ashes to Ashes

The New World Order

One for the Road

Mountain Language

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'They said you've a call from the Nobel committee. I said, why?', The Guardian, 14 October 2005 (URL)

Type: Interview

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Being Harold Pinter opens with words from this interview 'I went to get my plane on Monday and it was raining', before eliding into the opening of 'Art Truth and Politics'.


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