Those most hostile to his early work complained that Pinter intentionally teased viewers into expecting certain revelations that were never delivered. It was, however, this very technique of creating symbolic resonance in otherwise naturalistic action that would earn for Pinter his distinctive reputation.
Though the single-dwelling two-story house in the later play is in an unidentified "seaside town", and it is purportedly a bed and breakfast -type rooming house run by a childless middle-aged married couple, the building in which Rose and Bert Hudd inhabit their "room" is a multi-dwelling rooming house of more than two stories, and, while Rose accepts being addressed as "Mrs.
Hudd", Bert Hudd and she may not actually be legally married to each other, which may be a factor leading to her defensiveness throughout the play. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. March Learn how and when to remove this template message The play opens with Rose having a "one-person dialog" with her husband Bert, who remains silent throughout the whole scene, while serving him a breakfast fry-up, although the scene appears to occur around evening.
Rose talks mostly about the cold weather and keeps comparing the cosy, warm room to the dark, damp basement and to the cold weather outside. She creates a sense of uneasiness by the way she talks and acts, always moving from one place to another in the room, even while sitting, she sits in a rocking chair and rocks.
Her speech is filled with many quick subject changes and asks her husband questions, yet answers them herself.
With a few knocks and a permission to enter, Mr. Kidd, the old landlord, enters. He asks Bert many questions regarding if and when he is leaving the room. The questions are answered by Rose while Bert still remains silent. The dialog between Rose and Mr. Kidd consists of many subjects that change very frequently, at times each one of them talks about something different and it seems they are avoiding subjects and aren't listening to each other, creating an irrational dialog.
At the end of the scene Bert, who appears to be a truck driver, leaves to drive off in his "van". Afterward, Rose's attempt to take out the garbage is interrupted by a young couple, Mr. She invites the couple in and they tell her they are looking for a flat, and for her landlord, Mr.
Kidd, who, in the first production and recent revivals, was played by its original director, Henry Woolf. A blind black man, named Riley, who has purportedly been waiting in the basement according to the Sands and Mr. Kidd, becoming a source of concern for Rose, suddenly arrives upstairs to her room, to deliver a mysterious message to Rose from her "father".
The play ends violently when Bert, returns, finds Rose stroking Riley's face, delivers a long sexually-suggestive monologue about his experience driving his van while referring to it as if it was a woman, and then beats Riley until he appears lifeless, possibly murdering him, after which Rose cries "Can't see.
Composition history[ edit ] Pinter wrote The Room over two or four days independing on the account, at the suggestion of his friend Henry Woolf for his production as part of a postgraduate program in directing at the University of BristolBristolEngland.
According to Billington, in his official biography Harold Pinter, Woolf asked Pinter to write the play in a letter that Pinter received in the autumn ofwhen he "was newly married" to actress Vivien Merchant "and in the middle of a season at Torquay "; "[Pinter] replied that he couldn't possibly deliver anything in under six months.
In fact, the play arrived in the post very shortly. It was written over four afternoons and late nights while Pinter was playing in Rattigan 's Separate Tables at the Pavilion TheatreTorquay, in November The Room, as the play was called, was eventually staged by the Bristol Drama Department in May in a converted squash-court and in a production by Woolf himself" 66— According to Woolf, Pinter "said he couldn't write a play in under six months.
He wrote it in two days, he says four days, no it wasn't it was two days. It was at this second performance that the play was first reviewed by the London Sunday Times by drama critic Harold Hobsonwho had helped to found the Drama Festival with some of his colleagues.
The original production featured the following cast:"Harold Pinter Bibliography: – With a Special Supplement on the Nobel Prize in Literature, October – May " Ganz, Arthur R., ed. Pinter: A Collection of Critical Essays. Twentieth Century Views.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, Pinter wrote The Room over two or four days in , depending on the account, Ganz, Arthur R., ed.
Pinter: A Collection of Critical Essays. Twentieth Century Views. Place premiered: University of Bristol, UK. In his introduction to Pinter: A Collection of Critical Essays (), Arthur Ganz writes that Pinter “shares the reluctance of many writers to have the full evocative experience of .
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Paperback. In his introduction to Pinter: A Collection of Critical Essays (), Arthur Ganz writes that Pinter “shares the reluctance of many writers to have the full evocative experience of his work. Harold Pinter, - A Descriptive Chronology of His Plays, Theatrical Career, and Dramatic Theories.
Excerpted with additions and other modifications from Charles A. Carpenter's Modern British, Irish, and American Drama: A Descriptive Chronology, For an explanation of principles and limitations, click on Introduction above.