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The Birthday Party in Cardiff     

Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD) will be presenting Harold Pinters The Birthday Party on 23 October-26 October, after which it goes on tour to the Town Hall Studio Theatre, Galway, Ireland on 29 October.Its Director is Martin Houghton, Lecturer in Acting at WCMD.

Stanley Webber, a lodger in the English seaside rooming house of Meg and Petey Boles, seems not to have left it since he arrived sometime in the previous year. Two mysterious and unsavory characters - Goldberg and McCann - arrive, viciously interrogate him, break his eyeglasses, brainwash him, and force him to a complete breakdown - after which he is reduced to babbling incoherence - then take him away with them "to Monty."

In the course of the half day that transpires onstage, Goldberg has an affair with Lulu, a neighbor, but he and McCann reject her when her presence interrupts their activities with Stanley. Pinter does not reveal why Stanley is in the lodging house or why the intruders do what they do.

For an audience that expects a full exposition of motivation behind the action of each character on stage, the play raises a multitude of unanswered questions. But this apparent weakness is also its greatest strength, as we can concoct our own answers to the questions raised by the interaction of characters and the unfolding story line

Martin Houghton is an experienced director and has worked in all the major UK drama schools, primarily in London and is well respected in the profession.

Having graduated from the Drama Centre, London in 1974 with a Diploma in Theatre Studies (Directors Course), Martin Houghton went on to become Founder/Artistic Director of the Northumberland (1977-1988) and Artistic Director at Everyman Theatre Cheltenham (1989-1995).

Having become frustrated by the closure of the Everyman Theatre and other reps around the country, Martin decided to look towards training young people. His desire is to improve the development of the individuals as creative artists who are able to express themselves creatively and politically.

For ticket details ring WCMD Box Office on 029 2039 1391.
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Cathryn Thomas
Friday, October 12, 2001back



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