The Birthday Party

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On-line Resources
Welcome to Part 1 of TAG’s on-line resources for our production of The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter.
These resources are divided into 2 parts. Part 1 is intended to give an insight into Pinter, his style of writing and the play itself by looking at previous productions of The Birthday Party. Generally aimed at Higher Drama students, this pack complements units 1, 2 and 3 of the syllabus. However, these resources are also useful for the Knowledge and Understanding elements of Standard Grade as well as the Special Study for Advanced Higher Drama. I have collated information from various sources in order to provide material for use before your students see TAG’s production. In September 2003, Part 2 will be available to download from TAG’s website. This section of the resources will focus on the process of creating our production of The Birthday Party. It will include contributions from the Director, the Designer, the Performers and other members of the creative team. I hope that Part 2 will open up TAG’s working methods and provide a real insight into how a theatre company works. Please feel free to reproduce any section of the on-line resources for your use in the classroom. We are always aiming to provide the most effective and beneficial resources for teachers and so please do offer any comments you have regarding either part of this pack. We welcome and appreciate all feedback. I very much hope that you and your pupils find the resources useful and enjoy TAG’s production of The Birthday Party.

Emily Ballard Education Officer

TAG Theatre Company is funded by The Scottish Arts Council, with support from Glasgow City Council and other local authorities. TAG is part of the Scottish national theatre community.

The Birthday Party

CONTENTS PAGE
Synopsis 1

Pinter’s Style

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Theatrical Context of The Birthday Party

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Characterisation &…...

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