This week on Thursday March 17th the City Acting students will play Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at Claremont Project in Angel. During this performance night, the students will present their work to their friends and families. Our drama students are looking forward to the performance. Under the direction of Russell Bolam, the group has rehearsed for 10 consecutive weeks.
The Amateur Theatre course is based on a chosen script and gives the opportunity to the actors to explore the theatrical context of the play, to work on characterization and text analysis, but also to learn about staging and actor-audience relationship.
Written in 1978, The Betrayal was inspired by Pinter’s own extramarital affair with BBC presenter Joan Bakewell. Very innovative was the usage of reverse chronology which structures the plot. The play opens after the affair between Jerry and Emma has ended. The following scenes introduce the audience with their respective spouses Judith and Robert, and the relationships that unite them all.
Nobel-prize winner Harold Pinter (10 October 1930-24 December 2008) is critically regarded as one of the most influential British dramatists. The Betrayal features his characteristically economical dialogue, character’s hidden emotions and veiled motivations.
Run 3 times a year in September, January and April, the Amateur Theatre course has been prepared as a follow on from City Acting Scene Work for Intermediates. It is open to anyone familiar working with text and no audition is required. Each course is based on a different play. The registration are now open online for David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago starting on Thursday April 7th.