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Listen to your elders, you just might learn something... Or the Upperclass Activist...

I happened to catch the repeat of ABC1's, "Working With Pinter."  Honestly I only watched because I thought there might be slim chance that I got to watch a snippet of the play, "No Man's Land."  They did show it but they didn't show the version that had David Walliams in it.  I wasn't disappointed though.

I found Pinter just as interesting to listen to as my father, which is pretty irritating, but even my father says things I agree with about life.  I studied drama for about 13 years, directed some performances and produced one play, so I enjoyed hearing his views on actors, directors and how they interact and deal with their material. 

Pinter said that it was important to know whether the actor was going to deliver the line standing or sitting.  That sounds pretty ordinary, but then they show you the same line being delivered with the actor sitting with the other actors that they're conversing with and it makes a world of difference.   Simple logic seems to be his forte.  He said he hated silences in scripts because he thought that actors and directors took this silence/pause too seriously and it left the audience feeling uncomfortable and uncertain about what was going on.  I agree with this.  When I was in year eleven I did a monologue as Lady McBeth.  I was very proud of my performance and secured myself and A, so my teacher was impressed too, but I remember my English Teacher who taught me to understand Shakespeare, saying that he thought that I had forgotten my lines, rather than appreciating the dramatic pause.  I was irritated by this, explaining that it was part of the script and he still didn't look satisfied.  Oh well, I guess Pinter was right, it should be a moments pause, a breathe, not a long drawn out moment of confusion...  as the documentary went on and I thought of switching over to the Disney channel...  he spoke about, "One for the Road."  Another one of his plays.  I liked the smirk on his, "bestfriend's," face when he mentioned the, "Turkish girls," that inspired the play.  It brought out the Activist in Pinter.  It really caught my attention since my favourite novels are Distopian tales.  I especially enjoy reading about the torture...It's no laughing matter as he points out and after viewing the short piece they put on, I wouldn't mind getting myself a copy.

As boring as this documentary was, I was impressed by Pinter's eloquence, he paints a picture well with his words and is never at a loss for description.  Not to say that I thought he waffled on, he was also very direct.  How a person can manage that is awesome to me.  Being descriptive without meandering.

He ended his conversation with the interviewer by making a point about being heterosexual and saying that he would live out the rest of his days being happy with his wife or something dull like that, then grinned and said, "I'll keep my eyes on various balls...as it were."  His, "friend," laughed and then the credits rolled.  No site of his wife but his friend Wolfe drank some champagne with him till the end.  How very British of them. 

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