Harold Pinter, renowned playwright and screenwriter, born in 1930 in East London to a Jewish tailor. At the age of nine he was evacuated from his come in London and went to Cornwall due to World War One. He became very successful in his later years as he gradually became an actor, director, screenwriter and playwright, directing over 50 plays for stage, film and TV. He was involved in the Theatre of Absurd with Samuel Beckett an inspiration of his. Due to different events in his time he realised that life was to short and he started to add some political content to his plays keep the audience engaged with the world around them. Due to Pinter's success in his field he was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.Harold Pinter died in 2008, Christmas eve at the age of 78 due to liver cancer.
Harold Pinter's work was influenced by Samuel Beckett who used silence to create different theatrical effects. Pinter's themes can be subtle but effective, from the repetition of the newspaper and the disturbance of Ben and Gus's routine before going on the job. Pinter used this technique in 'The Dumb Waiter' and many other plays he has written but in this case the silence is filled with thoughts of violence. Ben and Gus who have to stay silent while on the job, watching their target given to them by Wilson. Wilson is the boss and he has the most power but he is never seen on stage, Ben and Gus have to follow his instructions without fail even if it means betraying your friend.