HAROLD PINTER OLD TIMES PDF

Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams are currently alternating the two female roles in Harold Pinter 's play with Rufus Sewell as the man in the middle. The result, in Ian Rickson 's brilliantly pellucid production, is fascinating. It shows how two actors can take wildly different routes to the same destination and how every line is susceptible to multiple readings. One reason Pinter's play is so resonant is that it exposes the way we shape the past according to the psychological needs of the present. Deeley, a thriving film-maker, and his wife Kate are visited in the country by the latter's onetime flatmate, Anna. What follows is a fierce battle for possession of the withdrawn, cryptically private Kate.

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Pinter himself once famously replied to an actor who inquired about the play's meaning, "I don't know. Just play it. Eve Best , Clive Owen and Kelly Reilly are the three stars currently playing Pinter's tense and icy power struggle between a married couple and the woman who may have come between them in director Douglas Hodge 's Roundabout Theatre Company production. In the Roundabout's latest blog entry, Hodge and two members of his design team explain the ideas and inspirations behind their production.

The play premiered and is set in the early s and costume designer Constance Hoffman explains how her designs follow "the way experience and memory refract and resonate among the characters.

The past and the present merge, and each of the characters' memories of events feels both true and mutable. She notes how the 70s was a decade where fashion reflected nostalgia and memory from past eras, so she dresses the three characters in ways that represent the memory of simpler times. Clive Goodwin 's sound design strikes the audience from the very onset. His goal was to devise a soundscape that plays "into the subconscious of the audience as if hearing their own dreams, memories and thoughts," allowing them to witness the characters on stage searching into their memories while being reminded of memories of their own.

The director says of his collaboration with set designer Christine Jon es, "I suggested unhelpful things, such as the walls are made of ice, and she took it and ran with it in her own way. One of the production's most unusual features is the large slab of ice center stage. Another that the audience may not be aware of is that the playing area is slowly, but continuously, revolving. The production's music was composed by Thom Yorke from Radiohead.

Says Hodge, "He read the play, fell in love with it, and immediately came back with some music that was all played backwards. Click here for the entire article. The show features original music by Radiohead's Thom Yorke. Old Times began previews on September 17, , and opened officially on October 6, In Pinter's unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities, Owen portrays Deeley, a man quite looking forward to meeting Anna Best , his wife Kate's Reilly friend from long ago.

But as the night goes on, Anna's visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power. Douglas Hodge , a frequent performer and director of Pinter's works, directs the haunting and passionate revival. Related Articles From This Author Michael Dale After odd years singing, dancing and acting in dinner theatres, summer stocks and the ever-popular audience participation murder mysteries try improvising with audiences after they?

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The play was dedicated to Hall to celebrate his 40th birthday. In February Hall returned again to the play directing a new production with his Theatre Royal, Bath company. Old Times was ranked among the 40 greatest plays ever written by Paul Taylor and Holly Williams of The Independent , and described as one of Pinter's "most haunting and unnerving pieces". The play begins with married couple Kate and Deeley smoking cigarettes and discussing Kate's old friend Anna, who is coming to visit them. Kate says that Anna was her only friend, but Anna had many friends.

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Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Harold Pinter's Old Times is a three-person fugue with strong currents of sexual rivalry. At the start, Deeley and Kate, a married couple, are awaiting the arrival of Kate's old friend Anna - who is actually on stage with them, her back to the audience. Kate remembers that Anna used to steal her underpants; Anna says Kate liked her to borrow them. Deeley says he first met Kate at the movie Odd Man Out , when she was the only other person in the cinema, but Anna explains later that she and Kate saw Odd Man Out together. And there are hints that as young secretaries in London, Kate and Anna may have been lovers.

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Pinter himself once famously replied to an actor who inquired about the play's meaning, "I don't know. Just play it. Eve Best , Clive Owen and Kelly Reilly are the three stars currently playing Pinter's tense and icy power struggle between a married couple and the woman who may have come between them in director Douglas Hodge 's Roundabout Theatre Company production. In the Roundabout's latest blog entry, Hodge and two members of his design team explain the ideas and inspirations behind their production. The play premiered and is set in the early s and costume designer Constance Hoffman explains how her designs follow "the way experience and memory refract and resonate among the characters. The past and the present merge, and each of the characters' memories of events feels both true and mutable.

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