Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Funeral Service on his own terms for Harold Pinter

A funeral service can take many forms. Celebrated playwright Harold Pinter chose private funeral services for his family, but following the production of his play 'No Man's Land' this December 26th, the reading of a passage from his play allowed the public to share the burden of their loss and acknowlege the gift that Pinters life and work was for them. following, is an except from an acticle about this funeral service from the UK Press Association.
Harold Pinter directing 'No Man's Land'
A farewell was being said to Nobel prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter in his final production, a funeral service in accordance with his wishes.The influential writer died on Christmas Eve aged 78 after a long battle with cancer.
Sir Michael Gambon read a passage on stage after a charged performance of No Man's Land in the West End - the first time one of Pinter's plays was performed since his death.Many audience members wept as Sir Michael said the lines:
"I might even show you my photograph album. You might even see a face in it
that might remind you of your own of what you once were.You might see faces of
others in shadow or cheeks of others turning or jaws or backs of necks or eyes,
dark under hat, which might remind you of others whom you once knew, whom you
thought long dead but from whom you will still receive a sidelong glance if you
can face the good ghost. Allow the love of the good ghost. They possess all that
emotion trapped. Bow to it. "

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Gambon and cast from 'No Man's Land'

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