Many Happy Returns of the Day

Recently, a musical interest inadvertently led us to see Pinter's 'The Birthday Party', in the West End. We discovered that Pinter's work explores how we communicate through language and equally how we use language to avoid communication. This was illustrated by the fragmented and often frantic interactions between the characters on stage. However, it was apparent that the physicality of the actors filled in the gaps that the dialogue exposed.

After much post performance debate, we came to the conclusion that the physical in art, and particularly in theatre, is the glue that makes the performance cohesive and that this idea can be applied to our own lives. Namely, however much we communicate through the written word electronically, it is the face to face that matters and makes things really happen.

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