ONE OFF Acting Workshop (HAROLD PINTER'S - "Betrayal"­)

  • July 23, 2013 · 8:15 PM
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Hi Folks,

For this class, I'd like to take a look at a scene from Harold Pinter's play: BETRAYAL.

"">Harold Pinter in 1978. Critically regarded as one of the English playwright's major dramatic works, it features his characteristically economical dialogue, characters' hidden emotions and veiled motivations, and their self-absorbed competitive one-upmanship, face-saving, dishonesty, and (self-)deceptions. Betrayal is noted for running in reverse - a technique much copied in the last 20 years on film - MOMENTO, IRREVERSIBLE etc.


The room will be open from 8pm, for those that would like to arrive a little earlier to warm up/change.


Please look at the PHOTOS page to find the scene.

I've uploaded the whole of scene 1. I want to focus on the opening of the scene up until the line "I think of you sometimes."

Could you please print out the first 8 jpegs? i.e. pages 3-10 of the script.



(Husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz will perform in the play on Broadway later this year. See the link below for an article about this. Best Regards, Peter Look out for more One Off' and classes in August).


A description of the scenes from BETRAYAL below.


  • Scene One: Pub. 1977. Spring.
Emma and Jerry meet for the first time in two years. For 7 years they had an affair and a secret flat, and Jerry says no-one else knew. Now Emma is having an affair with Casey, an author whose agent is Jerry and whose publisher is Robert, Emma’s husband. Emma says she found out last night that Robert has betrayed her with other women for years, and admits she revealed her affair with Jerry.
  • Scene Two: Jerry's House. Later the same day.
Jerry meets Robert to talk about the affair. Robert reveals that in fact he learned about it 4 years ago. Since then their friendship has continued, albeit without playing squash.
  • Scene Three: Flat. 1975. Winter.
It is the end of Jerry and Emma’s affair. They rarely meet, and Emma’s hopes that the flat would be a different kind of home are unfulfilled. They agree to give it up.
  • Scene Four: Robert and Emma's House. Living room. 1974. Autumn.
Jerry visits Robert and Emma at home. He reveals that Casey has left his wife and is living nearby. Jerry and Robert plan to play squash, but Jerry reveals that first he is visiting New York with Casey.
  • Scene Five: Hotel Room. 1973. Summer.
Robert and Emma are on holiday, intending to visit Torcello tomorrow. Emma is reading a book by Spinks, another author whose agent is Jerry. Robert says he refused to publish it because there is not much more to say about betrayal. Robert has discovered that Emma has received a private letter from Jerry. Emma admits they are having an affair.
  • Scene Six: Flat. 1973. Summer.
Emma has returned from the holiday with Robert in Venice. She has bought a tablecloth for the flat. Jerry reveals that despite the affair he continues to lunch with Robert.
  • Scene Seven: Restaurant. 1973. Summer.
Robert gets drunk over lunch with Jerry. He says he hates modern novels, and that he went to Torcello on his own and read Yeats.
  • Scene Eight: Flat. 1971. Summer.
Emma wants to know whether Jerry’s wife suspects his affair, and announces that while Jerry was in America she became pregnant with Robert’s child.
  • Scene Nine: Robert and Emma's House. Bedroom. 1968. Winter.
During a party Jerry surprises Emma in her bedroom and declares his love for her. He tells Robert he is his oldest friend as well as his best man.

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  • A former member
    A former member


    July 24, 2013

  • Peter V.

    Thanks to everyone for coming along! I thought we touched on some useful stuff. Do try to get a copy of the play and read on! ... I'd like to use the play for the basis of another class later in the year. Peter

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great!! Really enjoyed it! Can't wait for the next workshop!

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those not interested in acting but in the creative process is it acceptable to come and observe. Ofcourse paying

    July 17, 2013

    • Peter V.

      You may come along, but I would like to encourage you to get involved!

      July 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for your encouragement but theater has needs diiferent skills, one is to observe it carefully. I will be there for that :-D. See you and thatnks for being flexible

      July 22, 2013

  • Linda

    unfortunately there's a clash of schedule for me on this night! :( have fun lovelies!

    July 20, 2013

    • Peter V.

      No problem... See you next time!

      July 22, 2013

  • Jonathan D.

    Also a good film with Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge:

    1 · June 26, 2013

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