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Harold Pinter was born on the 10th of October in 1930 in Hackney, East London.
Harold was a versatile performer, contributing to plays on and off the stage as a: playwright, screenwriter, actor, theater director and even dabbling in a bit of poetry.
Harold has been credited as being one of the most influential modern British dramatists. His writing career spanned more than 50 years and he won many notable awards for his writing.
Some of Harold's best plays have been adapted by Harold himself for the screen, such plays include The birthday party (1957), The Homecoming (1964) and Betrayal.

A review from an online critic says: 'Overall, The Birthday Party is both extremely conventional and entirely unique. Most of its elements are easy to recognize and understand, but the relationships between those elements is slippery and difficult to pinpoint'. Another review simply says :'The truth lies in the silence, not in the words characters use'. This directs me to believe that Pinter puts limitations on communication to focus more on the visual aspect of the play.

I think the best way to understand the play is to know about the famous “Pinter pause”. Another quote says: 'Even a little scan of the play will reveal how precisely Pinter uses silence and pauses in telling his story. While it is perhaps not accurate to interpret this silence as deliberately designed to communicate an idea, it certainly does create a general unease, a feeling of sinister motives, that has become a hallmark of the writer's work.'

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