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Drama students inspired by political playwright

This semester, Brisbane Campus (McAuley at Banyo) advanced drama students joined with Year 12 students from St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace, to develop performances focused around the works of playwright Harold Pinter.

Recipient of the Literature Nobel Peace Prize in 2008, Harold Pinter became well-known during the 1950s as a politically motivated writer.

Looking closely at Pinter's writings, the students have produced their own performances by recreating the themes in his works.

Drama lecturer and program organiser, Dr Delyse Ryan, said the program aimed to have an impact on the social conscience of the students.

"The students should learn to have a critical opinion about society and about the government, especially if they believe the government is doing wrong," she said.

"The students have also been learning about Pinter's dramatic techniques and have become experts at the 'Pinter Pause', which is full of foreboding for his characters, who are usually ambivalent figures struggling for power," said Delyse.

'A Pinteresque Picnic' will be performed at 7pm on 7 and 8 September in the alfresco dining area at the Brisbane Campus (in between the canteen and the Chapel).

Entry is free and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy with the performance.

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