1st Edition

Harold Pinter's Party Time

By White G. D. Copyright 2016
    78 Pages
    by Routledge

    78 Pages
    by Routledge

    ‘All you have do is shut up and enjoy the hospitality.’ Terry

    Harold Pinter’s Party Time (1991) is an extraordinary distillation of the playwright’s key concerns. Pulsing with political anger, it marks a stepping stone on Pinter’s path from iconic dramatist of existential unease to Nobel Prize-winning poet of human rights.

    G. D. White situates this underrated play within a recognisably ‘Pinteresque’ landscape of ambiguous, brittle social drama while also recognising its particularity: Party Time is haunted by Augusto Pinochet’s right-wing coup against Salvador Allende’s democratically elected government in Chile. This book considers the play and its confederate works in the dual context of Pinter’s literary career and burgeoning international concern with human rights and freedom of expression.

    White contrasts Pinter’s uneasy relationship with the UK’s powerful elite with the worldwide acclaim garnered by his dramatic eviscerations of power.

    1. Incident at Dinner  2. Party Time  3. Wentworth Days


    G. D. White is a playwright and Professor of Drama and Creative Practice at Roehampton University